“Its a complete rupture of your ACL” are the words NO athlete ever wants to hear. ACL injury is by far the biggest cause of season ending injuries in sport. Sometimes ending career’s prematurely. In Australia we have seen a dramatic increase in the number of ACL injuries in the last 10-15 years. With the football season about the start, we wanted to highlight this terrible injury… but also provide you with some GREAT news.

WHAT IS THE ACL:

The ACL or Anterior Cruciate ligament  is one of four major ligaments within our knee. It provides stability to the knee joint by helping control and preventing excessive motion of the knee. The ACL specifically stops the lower leg from sliding too far forward. It is this ligament which is most commonly injured. Which ever way you look at it, surgery Vs non surgical repair, our athlete is going to be left with an altered quality of life and impaired function now and in the years to come. For those opting for surgical repair, it’s a long hard 12 month recovery from this injury. Time off work, time spent on the sidelines. A mental AND physical struggle to get back to your best.

ACL Injury

WHO IS AT RISK OF AN ACL INJURY?

Sports which require  a quick change of direction on a planted foot,  are susceptible to ACL injuries and rupture. Sports such as AFL,  rugby,  netball, basketball or soccer are all sports we see having a high degree of these injuries.  Due to The orientation and the anatomy of the lower limb, hormones and muscular imbalance, our female athletes are at at FAR greater risk of an ACL injury than their male counterparts. 

HOW DO ACL INJURIES OCCUR?

 Generally speaking, most ACL injuries are non-contact injuries. They can occur after landing from a jump or during sudden twisting motion (for example, when the feet are planted one way and the knees are turned another way)

WHAT CAN BE DONE FOR ACL INJURY:

Equilibrium Sports and Spinal Clinic in Glen Iris, has ALWYAS advocated “Prevention is better than cure”. 

So what it I told you, you could reduce your chance of injury dramatically… by almost 50% with an injury prevention program. Injury prevention programs such as :

Programs such as these are designed specifically to reduce the chance of an ACL injury. They focus on training drills that require balance, power, and agility. Adding plyometric exercises, such as jumping and balance drills, help improve neuromuscular conditioning, sport specific agility movements, muscular reactions and ultimately result in a decrease in the risk of ACL injury. 

 Spending  just 30mins 3 times per week can make a MASSIVE difference. And who wouldn’t want to spend 90 mins per week, compared to the HOURS and MONTHS spent on the sideline recovering from an ACL injury?

While it is good to use the generic ACL injury prevention program, specific programs are always better.  We  individually customised ACL prevention program that addresses the specific player deficits, highlighting their individual strengths and weakness’s . This way, our ACL prevention program should provide even better results for the individual player.

Our goal is to see you our athletes spending more time on the field, rather than in the treatment room. 

If an ACL injury prevention program interests you or your teammates, please contact Equilibrium Sports and Spinal Clinic and we can happily arrange an individual or team screening. Give us a call on (03) 9822 1900… and we can start you on your road to injury prevention TODAY