70% of ACL injuries occur without contact and are due to muscle weakness and poor movement mechanics where athletes are not able to decelerate body during rapid direction changes or when landing from a jump. Studies show that up to 90% of non contact ACL injuries can be prevented by screening and conditioning weak athletes before they hit the ﬁeld or court.
The KNEEFIT program, developed by physiotherapists at Sherwood Park Sports Physiotherapy helps athletes strengthen and train the core, hip and knee to stabilize the upper leg over the lower leg. KNEEFIT beneﬁts athletes of all ages and levels, requires no equipment and can be performed by individuals and teams in minimal time.
All exercises in the KNEEFIT program have been carefully chosen and developed to enhance an athletes’ strength and dynamic motor control, making them stronger beer movers. Highlighted here are three of the best ACL prevention exercises from the program. For best results, KNEEFIT exercises should be done 3 times a week in pre-season and twice a week in season.
Stand on 1 leg with your knee slightly bent. Li the opposite straight leg up as you bend forward to touch the ground. The important parts of this exercise are to keep the knee of your standing leg out, positioned over your toe and both hips level or parallel to the ground.
Every year we screen hundreds of athletes to determine risk of injury. Using video analysis, we track knee position on two simple movement tests. Poor position on movement indicates that you are more likely to injure your knee. Knowing this we start you on proper KNEEFIT training to help prevent you from an ACL tear or other knee injuries.
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