Prehab: ACL Injury Prevention in Football

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Prehab: ACL Injury Prevention in Football

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One of the more common and most devastating injuries in football is the dreaded ACL tear.  A lot of research has gone into how to optimally treat a torn ACL, but many medical professionals are beginning to ask the question, “Can we prevent ACL tears?”  According to the research, the answer is yes...at least to a significant extent.  

So how do we do this?  The answer is by addressing common causes of ACL injuries before the athlete begins competition.  The vast majority of injuries occur during competition; so, incorporating exercises to address these areas into pre-season training can be a very effective way of preventing injuries.  Some of these common causes of (or at least predisposing factors to) ACL injuries include:


  • Hip weakness
  • Hamstring weakness
  • Improper jumping/landing mechanics


Some exercises we use to address these areas include:

  • Lateral Squat Walks
  • Eccentric Hamstring Curls
  • Squat Jumps


When attempting to prevent injury, the highest priority is ensuring correct movement patterns.  In other words not simply just performing these exercises but making sure to perform them correctly and with great attention to detail.  As the athlete progresses, the movements should look smooth and effortless.  


These are just a few of the exercises we use to prevent ACL injuries.  If you have any further questions regarding Prehab, ACL injuries, etc. feel free to ask.  You can shoot us an email or call and set up a free screen in one of our 7 locations.  

Daniel Herring, PT, DPT, SCS