How can an ACL Injury Be Prevented?
- Posted on: Dec 8 2013
Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) is one of four major ligaments that provide stability to the knee joint.
When this ligament is torn, the result is often a severe knee injury. Normally, the ACL is torn while playing a high-impact sports activity, such as football or soccer. ACL injuries are most common among athletes 25 and younger. When the ACL is torn, a surgical procedure called ACL reconstruction is performed to build a new ACL.
Although there is no guaranteed way of preventing an ACL injury, there are several ways athletes can reduce their chances for such injuries in the future. This can be done with exercises that will improve an athlete’s strength, agility, and overall condition.
- Stretch Before Exercise. We have all heard that stretching before working out is essential in preventing an injury, regardless of what sort of exercise you are doing. Stretching can also help improve your range of motion, your overall athletic performance, and reduce any soreness you may have after completing your workout or athletic event.
- Strength Training. Strength can often increase an athlete’s stability, especially when it comes to your legs and knees. Exercises that will help strengthen your body include walking lunges, vertical leaps, and leg raises. All of these exercises can help reduce chances for an ACL injury. It is often better to do strength training exercises with a partner.
- Improve your balance. ACL injuries often occur if an athlete is off balance. Good balance offers the body so many benefits, including strengthening weakened muscles, stabilizing the body, and improving posture. Like with any exercise, balance can easily improve with practice. One of the best ways to improve shaky balance is to stand on one leg for several minutes, holding a light weight or while standing with your hands in a prayer position. Both of these stances will teach your body how to effectively stabilize itself. Using a balance board, or taking a yoga class, can also help you improve balance.
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