What is an ACL?
The ACL is one of 2 thick ligaments attaching your femur (thighbone) to your tibia (shinbone). Its functions are to stabilize the joint of the knee, prevents your femur from moving forward over your tibia, and prevents hyperextension of the knees. Injuries to this ligament involves a quick or rapid in a change of direction. You see this injury common within sports such as basketball, football, baseball, tennis, soccer etc.
How would you prevent an ACL Tear?
There are many ways to prevent ACL tear and injury such as working on your balance, stability, agility and change in directions, proper landing mechanisms, and strength. It is also important to perform a proper warm up routine before exercising to get your increase blood flow to your muscles and increase joint mobility! Be sure to perform each exercise with proper kinematics, land fully before you make any quick moves, and strengthen your hip muscles! A couple of exercises to perform are squats, squat jumps, lunges (front, back, and lateral), romanian deadlifts, side steps, single leg balance, side-hop steps etc. Need assistance in performing some of these exercises? Do not hesitate to reach out! The Premier Health Chiropractic Team has the knowledge to demonstrate the proper technique, education on why the movement is important, and help you reach your goal!