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Agility Training

A Potential Model for the Reduction and Rehabilitation of Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury

Paul, Darren J. MSc1; Akenhead, Richard PhD2

Strength & Conditioning Journal: February 2018 - Volume 40 - Issue 1 - p 98–105
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0000000000000361
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ABSTRACT RECENT DATA SUGGEST ANTERIOR CRUCIATE LIGAMENT INJURY OCCURRENCE IN TEAM SPORTS IS NOT DECREASING. ALTHOUGH THE REASONS CURRENTLY ELUDE US AND ARE LIKELY COMPLEX, ADOPTING A MORE HOLISTIC APPROACH THAT SHIFTS OUR PERSPECTIVE FROM PURELY PHYSICAL CONSIDERATIONS MAY BE A GOOD STARTING POINT. CONSIDERATION SHOULD BE GIVEN TO THE INHERENT PERCEPTUAL DEMANDS OF TEAM SPORTS AND THE COMPLEX INTERPLAY BETWEEN PHYSICAL CAPACITIES AND DECISION MAKING, WHICH ULTIMATELY DETERMINES MOVEMENT, PERFORMANCE, AND INJURY RISK. TRAINING PROGRAMS CONTAINING A BROADER ARRAY OF PERCEPTUALLY DEMANDING EXERCISE DRILLS DEVELOPED IN CONSULTATION WITH PLAYERS AND COACHES MAY ALSO PROVE A FRUITFUL ENDEAVOR.

1Exercise Sport Science Department, Aspetar—Qatar Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Hospital, Doha, Qatar; and

2St Georges Park National Football Centre, The Football Association, Burton Upon Trent, United Kingdom

Address correspondence to Darren J. Paul, Darren.paul@aspetar.com.

Conflicts of Interest and Source of Funding: The authors report no conflicts of interest and no source of funding.

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Darren J. Paulis the Lead Strength and Conditioning Coach for International Athlete in the Exercise Sport Science Department at Aspetar.

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Richard Akenheadis a Lead Men's Professional Development Phase Physical Performance Coach for the Football Association.

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