ACL and Injury Prevention

Injury prevention is an important aspect of any sports program at any level.  Such programs should be committed to not only making athletes stronger and faster, but to keeping them healthy through education, knowledge and proper training.  

In soccer, one of the most devastating injuries involves the Anterior Cruciate Ligament or ACL. As the number of select sports clubs increases, so does the trend of athletes who risk ACL injury.  These injuries may lead to financial burdens, time lost, and long-term consequences.  

Research supports the fact that a proper training regimen can reduce the risk of “non-contact” ACL injuries. Most ACL injury prevention programs include the following:

  • Core stability and proprioceptive exercises
  • Strength and endurance exercises
  • Agility and speed/speed control drills
  • Plyometric exercises

With proper implementation and coaching, an ACL injury prevention program reduces the risk of non-contact ACL injuries, and increases performance.  The Sports Medicine staff at Performance Medicine, a department of CHI St. Luke’s Health-The Woodlands Hospital, has researched several ACL injury prevention programs in order to develop routines that combine the use of current data and techniques. 

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 936-266-3130.