Have your kids perform ACL prevention programs

ACL tears are some of the most devastating injuries in all of sports. You most likely will need surgery. You will need months of rehab. You will miss the rest of the season, and maybe some of the season after that. And you will miss time with your teammates.

Would you do 10 or 15 minutes of exercises each day if you could decrease your risk of that injury and all that comes with it? Or would you have your kids who play sports do these exercises?

One of the key factors involved in ACL injuries is an athlete’s neuromuscular control. That’s a fancy way of saying that the muscles of the hip, thigh and knee fire appropriately to stabilize the knee when she lands from a jump or plants the foot to change direction. If your son or daughterBoy with knee pain has poor muscle strength and neuromuscular control, then the risk of an ACL injury in sports can be fairly high.

Fortunately, exercise programs can teach athletes how to overcome these obstacles. They have been shown to decrease the rates of these knee injuries. In this video, I discuss what the programs involve and who should consider doing them.

Would you have your son or daughter do these programs if it could decrease their chances of injury? Please share your thoughts below!

5 Responses to Have your kids perform ACL prevention programs

  1. I’m not sure if I tore my acl from tripping over a pallet backwards. I heard a loud pop in my left knee when it happened. But it’s been in a lot of pain from it. I’ve never had acl surgery or an examination.

    • An orthopaedic surgeon should be able to examine your knee and look at x-ray studies to at least determine if there is a possibility of an ACL injury. Good luck!

  2. Hey Doctor, so I underwent a meniscus trimming surgery after a cut was detected in the MRI. But the arthroscopy revealed around 70% damage to the ACL. I’m recovering from the surgery. The doctor suggested that with aggressive physiotherapy I might not need ACL reconstruction, if don’t undergo that, will it have any long term effects on how fit I’m or my playing capabilities.

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