All About ACLs

All About ACLs

The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is a knee ligament that is subject to tearing under strenuous conditions such as athletic competition. Our All About ACLs Program teaches athletes to combine strength, flexibility, agility and technique in their workouts to help prevent injury to the ACL.

Prevention

In an examination, we identify and correct risk factors that may predispose you to ACL tears.

At each session, you:

  • Perform strengthening and stretching exercises
  • Perform dynamic sport-specific jumping and landing exercises
  • Perform agility and balance exercises
  • Learn the anatomy and function of the ACL

Rehabilitation

For those who have suffered a torn ACL that requires surgery, we provide assistance both before and after the procedure.

Pre-surgery:

  • Reduce pain and swelling
  • Help restore knee motion and strengthen key muscles
  • Learn about surgery and what to do post-surgery

Post-surgery:

  • Restore motion and strength
  • Avoid injury to the new graft
  • Resume normal gait and return to daily activities

Return to Play

Often four to eight months following surgery further work is needed to return the knee to 100% function and restore an athlete’s confidence for returning to full activity. These sessions include:

  • Advanced strengthening and plyometric drills
  • Agility exercises for lateral and pivoting movements
  • Sport-specific drills

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