Friday, August 23, 2013
Compliance with Neuromuscular Training is Key to ACL Injury Prevention
An 88% reduction in knee injuries in young female players is very significant. This is a particularly vulnerable group with 4-10 times the risk of ACL injury compared to males. The short and long-term consequences of an ACL injury can be serious, ranging from lost playing time and substantial financial costs to increased risk of developing osteoarthritis later in life. Given that neuromuscular training can reduce injury risk by nearly 90%, it makes sense to include programs such as the FIFA 11+ warm-up as part of a regular training routine. Keeping players healthy should be priority number one.
Hägglund M, Atroshi I, Wagner P, Waldén M. (2013) Superior compliance with a neuromuscular training programme is associated with fewer ACL injuries and fewer acute knee injuries in female adolescent football players: secondary analysis of an RCT. British Journal of Sports Medicine, doi: 10.1136/bjsports-2013-092644.