ACL Injuries: What can you do?

May 10, 2018 Source: https://www.mayoclinic.org

Player jumps for the basketball, lands awkwardly, tears their anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). Sound familiar? ACL injuries are most common in high intensity sports, such as basketball, football, and gymnastics. When the injury occurs, the player knows it-they hear and feel a "pop" in the knee. Suffering from an ACL injury can put a great damper on your recreational goals and may put you on the sidelines for months. Here, I will discuss a few key exercises to help prevent ACL injuries. .

Strengthen your knee! Stand on one leg and maintain your balance for 30 seconds (or less depending on your leg strength), slightly bending your knee. Repeat this exercise for your other leg. .

Lean up against a wall and slowly bend your knees into a squat position. Maintain this position for 30 seconds, or until you fatigue. .

Jump, jump, jump! Start with your feet shoulder width apart and jump forward. Take it easy with this exercise and do not overdo it. .

Suggestions made here are not substitutes for professional opinion. It is recommended for individuals to seek the advice of a physiotherapist who is more knowledgeable in physical exercises. At our facility, patients are welcome to visit any one of our physiotherapists.