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Among athletes, no matter the sport, the words “ACL tear” are probably among the most dreaded.  unfortunately, the incidence of ACL injuries among young athletes has dramatically increased over the last 10 years. At 3DPT we treat A LOT of patients with ACL injuries, but we know the best injury is the one that never happens!
Over the next few weeks we’ll be sharing information about how to minimize the risk of ACL injuries and more about the recovery process if an ACL tear does occur. Check in with us every week for 3DPT’s Guide to ACL Prevention to learn more!

Week 6: Agility

Week 6: Agility

Agility, in relation to sports, is defined as “the rapid whole body movement with change of velocity or direction in response to a stimulus." Or in other words, the ability to react quickly with speed or direction changes when you need to.  Agility is an important...

Week 5: Core

Week 5: Core

When it comes to ACL injuries, you might not think about poor core strength as a contributing factor.  Similar to glute strength, core strength helps stabilize the knee with daily and sporting activities. The Clinical Practice Guidelines published by the Journal of...

Week 4: Balance & Stability

Week 4: Balance & Stability

When preparing for an upcoming athletic season, it is important to maintain a good off-season workout routine to get your body in shape for the season. Depending on the sport, it is typical for an off-season program to include cardiovascular endurance training as well...

Week 3:  Impact and Landing Training

Week 3: Impact and Landing Training

It is estimated that 350,000 Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) reconstructions are performed annually in the United States! (Nesseler et al., 2017) Athletes that participate in high-risk sports - sports that involve a lot of jumping, cutting, and landing - are usually...

Week 2:  Hip and Glute strengthening

Week 2: Hip and Glute strengthening

The knee, and more specifically, the ACL, is one part of the body highly susceptible to injury, especially in young women.  Female athletes commonly tear their ACLs in sports such as basketball and soccer. There is an abundance of research suggesting various factors...

Week 1:  Assessment and Dynamic warm up

Week 1: Assessment and Dynamic warm up

Among athletes, no matter the sport, the words “ACL tear” are probably among the most dreaded.  The ACL, or Anterior Cruciate Ligament, is a ligament that provides stability to the knee. A tear to the ACL can happen to anyone, but in many cases, tears occur in...

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