How can I prevent ACL injuries?

There are several ways in which an athlete may reduce the risk of having an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury. Strength training such as squats, lunges, deadlifts and plyometric exercises will help the strength of the muscles that act on the knee. Stretching and a dynamic warm-up such as running and jumping will reduce the probability that an athlete will perform a movement wrong. These activities will also improve coordination which will result in better body control. It is also very important to identify anatomical factors such as knee alignment, narrowed space within the knee and muscle imbalances.

This answer provided for NATA by Loras College.

The ACL is the central stabilizer of the knee. To prevent injury it’s important to be as strong as possible before starting any sports activities.

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