Can I Do Anything to Prevent an ACL Injury?

Dr. John Knight of Muir Orthopaedic Specialists explains ACL injuries.

Question: I have a question for the doctor. Can I do anything to prevent an ACL injury?

Answer: Athletes can reduce their risk of ACL injuries by performing training drills that require balance, power and agility. Adding plyometric exercises, such as jumping or balance drills, helps improve neuromuscular conditioning and muscular reactions and ultimately relates to a decrease in ACL injury. Many team physicians now routinely recommend and ACL conditioning program, especially for their female players.

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