ACL PREVENTION

The Richardson Spine & Sports Therapy ACL and Injury Prevention Program takes a defensive approach to knee injuries. Our team excels at rehabilitating ACL related injuries; however, it is important to understand how to prevent future injuries. The ACL or anterior cruciate ligament is a knee ligament that attaches from the back of the femur and the front of the tibia.  Its purpose is to prevent motion of the tibia onto the femur. The ACL can become injured when pressure or force is greater than the ligament can withstand. While injuries do occur from a traumatic event such as a direct hit to the knee, they most commonly occur through non-contact events like hyperextension, twisting, a quick change in direction, or a combination of these motions.  Our ACL and Injury Prevention Program educates patients on how to properly move and gain strength in vulnerable areas of their legs, decreasing the occurrence and severity of ACL injuries.

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Other Reasons to Start an ACL Prevention Program
  • Individuals who suffer ACL injuries can spend up to 6 months in rehab

  • Anatomy: Females have differences in their hip, lower leg and feet making them prone to ACL injuries

  • When landing from a jump and cutting maneuvers, females have shown less knee flexion and greater knee valgus. Females tend to have greater quadriceps involvement and less hamstring strength, putting them at risk for ACL injury.

  • Hormones and female’s menstrual cycle may also play a role in ACL injury

  • ACL prevention programs have shown to reduce the incidence of ACL injuries in female athletes by 41%

  • Key is neuromuscular and proprioceptive training performed 3 times per week before practices and games. Should take 15- 20 minutes to complete.

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How To Get Started

If you currently have an ACL injury, call us at (214) 575-4040 to schedule an evaluation.

As one of the leading authorities in ACL-tear prevention, The Richardson Spine & Sports Therapy is available to come talk to your school and/or team about how to prevent season-ending non-contact ACL tears. ACL prevention programs have been shown to prevent up to 80% of non-contact ACL tears. Please contact us to schedule your free ACL Prevention talk or just fill out this form and we will contact you for scheduling.