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ACL Injuries in Females

ACL injuries are approximately 4-6 times greater in females compared to males. The female soccer player has the highest risk for ACL injury. With the increase in the understanding as to why the female athlete is at greater risk, prevention programs have been developed to help prevent ACL injury in the female athlete.
Assessment of jump mechanics (having the athlete drop from a one-foot-high box and explode into a jump when landing from the box) can be used to identify the at-risk female athlete.
It is important to teach females to use their knees as a "hinge" rather than a "ball and socket" to avoid injury. Improving muscle strength in both legs (plyometrics), improving agility and position sense also known as proprioception as well as core strengthening all help to prevent ACL injury.
In fact, core strengthening surprisingly is one of the most important aspects to prevent ACL injury. Numerous prevention programs exist on the internet, but the one I favor most is at: http://smsmf.org/pep-program.

Keith Lawhorn, MD, specializes in sports medicine and practices out of our Fair Oaks office.
Austin G Johns
OrthoVirginia now offers it's very own ACL injury prevention and recovery programs! As the Return to Sport Post-Rehabilitative Director for OrthoVirginia I've worked for nearly 20 years helping athletes - particularly females - prevent and recover from ACL injury.

Recovery and prevention programs work! And there are now hundreds of them out there. If you're interested in pursuing a program that has been endorsed by doctors and backed by decades of experience and education all the way up to the professional athlete level, check us out!

for more information about Return to Sport or how to maintain a healthy, active lifestyle, feel free to e-mail me at Austin.johns@orthovirginia.com
11/4/2016 11:02:59 AM

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