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Strength & Conditioning Journal:
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0000000000000013
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Training for Prevention of ACL Injury: Incorporation of Progressive Landing Skill Challenges Into a Program

Herrington, Lee C. PhD; Comfort, Paul MSc

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ABSTRACT: 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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