It is no surprise that knee injuries account for 60% of all high school sport-related injuries, and more specifically ACL injuries are the most common and account for 50% of knee injuries. The most vulnerable population(s) being at risk for these injuries are those 12-25 years old, female, and play high-risk sports
(i.e. soccer, basketball, volleyball, skiing). You always hear about “so and so just blew their ACL and now they are out for the rest of the season,” or maybe that so and so was you and it ended your glory days prematurely. There is usually a long and extensive rehab process and you can’t help but compare notes to your friends. But why is it that no one ever explicitly talks about how to prevent these injuries in the first place? Sure, you’ve done your pre-game warm-up or post-game cool-down, but how effective is it really?
The good news is, there are exercise-based knee injury prevention programs that ARE super effective in decreasing the risk of a major knee injury (i.e. ACL, MCL, LCL, PCL, meniscus tears, and patellofemoral disorders). In September 2018, the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy (JOSPT) released a brand-spankin’ new set of clinical practice guidelines highlighting recommendations for the use of such programs. For your reference, clinical practice guidelines are recommendations intended to optimize patient care that are informed by a systematic review of evidence. A systematic review is basically the highest quality of scientific research out there that you can trust.
Please reach out to Rebecca Gasca, PT, DPT at Rausch PT and Sports Performance if you’d like help implementing a program individually or for your team!
JOSPT Clinical Practice Guidelines
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