As participation in high-demand sports has increased over the past decade, so has the number of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries in teens and young adults. In a study appearing in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery(JBJS), it was found that neuromuscular training for high school and college-age athletes – which focuses on the optimal way to bend, jump, land and pivot the knee – is an effective and inexpensive way to avoid ACL damage, which ultimately relates to high demand on costs and time.
The ACL is a critical ligament that stabilizes the knee joint. An ACL injury, one of the most common sports injuries, often requires surgery and a lengthy period of rehabilitation. Recent research has found that screening tools such as a “hop test” or isokinetic dynamometer which measure muscle strength to identify neuromuscular deficits, as well as neuromuscular training programs, may reduce ACL injuries.
Researchers evaluated three strategies for young athletes: no training or screening, universal neuromuscular training, and universal screening with neuromuscular training for identified high-risk athletes only.
- On average, universal training reduced the incidence of ACL injury by 63%, while the screening program, on average, reduced the incidence rate by 40%.
- Out of 10,000 athletes, the model predicted 300 ACL injuries in the no-screening group, 110 in the universal training group, and 180 in the universal training/screening for “at risk” athletes group.
While it is not a surprise that training was more cost-effective than no intervention, the magnitude of the benefit was significant.
Dynamic Osteopaths explain how this further identifies the huge benefit and importance that the correct form of clinical rehabilitation is performed and what effect this can have on prevention and cost effective treatment.
Proprioceptive neuromuscular training has huge benefits in creating dynamic joint stabilization and biomechanical control, which ultimately allows the joint to function at its strongest in the most optimal form.
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