Frequently Asked Questions: ACL Injury Prevention Program
Whether you are considering the ACL Injury Prevention Program or simply curious about it, here are some Frequently Asked Questions.
- How does an ACL injury prevention training program work?
Young athletes can be put through specific drills to work on proper form, balance, strength and flexibility to retrain the body to jump, land, and cut with better form and decreased risk. The training must be methodical and very form focused in order to avoid retraining already existing bad habits. Fortunately, a side benefit of the program is improved speed, strength and agility that will help with sports performance
- What is an appropriate age to start a training program?
Once a young female has started puberty and has the emotional maturity to follow directions and stay focused, they can benefit. Usually age 12 and up is a good guideline.
- What is the cost of the program?
The ACL Prevention Program consists of a pre-placement evaluation and 18 sessions that run 2 times a week for 6 consecutive weeks. Athletes train in small groups with multiple instructors. The program cost is $300.
- What long term consequences come from ACL injury?
ACL injury causes 6-12 months of missed sports training, averages $18,000 for surgery and rehab, and leads to an increased incidence of early osteoarthritis of the knee on 20 year follow-up.
- Does participation in ACL prevention program guarantee injury prevention?
No, the program just decreases the risk of non-contact ACL injury to equal that rate seen in boys. Studies on similar programs show between 70 - 80% decreased incidences of injury in participants. There is no brace or program that can eliminate risk.