ANTERIOR CRUCIATE LIGAMENT (ACL) INJURIES ARE PREVALENT IN SPORTS, WITH A HIGH CHANCE OF REINJURY AFTER SURGERY AND A 50% CHANCE OF OSTEOARTHRITIS IN LATER LIFE. PREVENTION OF THESE INJURIES IS ESSENTIAL; HOWEVER, MOST PROGRAMS, ALTHOUGH EFFECTIVE INITIALLY, MAY HAVE LOW ADHERENCE AND TRANSFERENCE TO SPORT BECAUSE OF THEIR LONG DURATION AND CLOSED SKILL (ACTIVITIES PERFORMED IN A SELF-PACED STABLE PREDICTABLE TRAINING ENVIRONMENT) APPROACH. THIS ARTICLE AIMS TO PROVIDE AN ABBREVIATED AND INTEGRATED ACL INJURY PREVENTION PROGRAM THAT ALSO INCORPORATES OPEN-SKILL RANDOM PRACTICE (NOT PREPLANNED) ACTIVITIES, WHICH SHOULD INCREASE TRANSFERENCE TO THE LESS PREDICTABLE AND MORE CHAOTIC SPORTING ENVIRONMENTS. FOR A VIDEO ABSTRACT OF THIS ARTICLE, SEE VIDEO, SUPPLEMENTAL DIGITAL CONTENT 1, HTTP://LINKS.LWW.COM/SCJ/A127.
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Directorate of Sport, Exercise, and Physiotherapy, University of Salford, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
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Lee C. Herrington is the program leader for the MSc Sports Injury Rehabilitation within the Directorate of Sport, Exercise, and Physiotherapy at the University of Salford.
Paul Comfort is the program leader for the MSc Strength and Conditioning within the Directorate of Sport, Exercise, and Physiotherapy at the University of Salford.