Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries occur in men and women of all ages in a variety of sports that involve sudden stopping, cutting, and landing from a jump. This injury is especially common in the sports realm, and Rebound Orthopedics & Neurosurgery doctors perform ACL reconstructions almost daily.
Rebound Physical Therapy offers a neuromuscular proprioceptive plyometric program that is research-based by Sportsmetrics™. This program helps prevent injury and is also used in rehabilitation following ACL reconstruction before the athlete returns to play. This neuromuscular plyometric training program is designed specifically to provide coordination, balance, and strength to prepare the athlete for the various potential injuries they may face in sports.
Research on these specific plyometric programs has shown the potential to lower the risk of female ACL injuries by 3- to 4-fold.
The focus of this training program is to:
- Decrease landing force
- Change jumping and landing mechanics to provide increased stability
- Correct imbalances in hamstring and quadriceps strength ratios
- Improve right to left leg strength and coordination imbalances
- Increase overall vertical jump height
The components of the ACL Injury Prevention Program include:
- Technique – Athlete will develop proper form and mechanics
- Fundamentals – Athlete will learn how to build their base of strength, power, and agility
- Performance – Athlete will increase quality of jumps and translate the skills they learn to the playing field