Non-contact ACL injury patterns and prevention

Today's guest post comes from a company that I've had the pleasure of partnering with over the past year. EuMotus has been a vital part of my practice in bringing powerful data that was once only available to expensive biomechanical labs. Their passion to provide movement analysis to clients has been an asset to my practice. I cannot say enough about them as a company. With their new series of blogs designed to provide scientific data to injury prevention, I had to share their recent blog on ACL prevention for the soccer community since I do have several soccer players that will benefit from it. If we could identify risk factors for ACL injury in the soccer community and put an emphasis amongst the regional soccer clubs, how will we not be better off? A soccer club that takes safety and sports physicals seriously can strike a serious training and recruiting advantage!

ACL Injury Literature Review In this blog post we will examine recent scientific studies on ACL injury. But why should we care? ACL injury is costly. Replication of injuries is not feasible and measurement is tough. We establish interesting observations and recurring patterns of non-contact ACL injury. In-vivo studies and regressions show that some populations are at higher risk of non-contact ACL injury. Finally, we review literature that shows that we can screen for problematic movement patterns and institute injury prevention programs. Effective injury prevention programs have been found to decrease non-contact lower injury incidence by 52% in females and 82% in males [p]. We will attempt to provide light and understanding towards:

  1. The Cost of an ACL Injury: Why Should We Care?

  2. Measurement of non-contact ACL injury

  3. How non-contact ACL injury happens

  4. At-risk populations for ACL injury

  5. Can we screen for problematic movement patterns and mitigate ACL injury risk?