At Accelerate Sports Performance we have implemented our own ACL prevention program that addresses the neuromuscular control factors in bilateral and unilateral movement in regards to landing mechanics similar to the LESS Test, in addition to TRUE athletic movement quality in linear and later acceleration, deceleration, and change of direction.
Individuals with anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries are at greater risk of developing osteoarthritis (OA). OA is a considerable burden on the US healthcare system and contributes to physical disability and comorbidities such as obesity and diabetes. The lifetime cost of ACL injury amounts to $7.6 billion annually for patients that undergo reconstruction, $17.7 billion for patients that undergo non-surgical rehabilitation. Quadriceps dysfunction is ubiquitous following ACL injury and reconstruction, and is a major contributor to the development of OA. The quadriceps are responsible for absorbing impact forces during everyday tasks like walking and stair climbing, and also athletic tasks like running and jumping. When the quadriceps fail to act appropriately, their ability to attenuate these forces is reduced, and cartilage within the knee joint experiences greater loading. Subtle increases in joint loading are amplified through repetitive activities like walking, and over time, greater loading contributes to a gradual breakdown of articular cartilage.
Here are some exercises we utilize in our testing protocol that you can utilize and perfect in your own program to ensure you are doing what you can to stay healthy and competitive in sport and life (make sure to read the synopsis of each video to ensure proper implementation):