Originally Posted by jdowling
Ettlingers study found a 60% decrease in ACL sprains among ski pros who saw a 1 hour presentation at the beginning of the season. I was there and we all skipped the pliometrics.
Thanks, John--in my mind I may have merged two completely different studies: One specific to skiers which showed a reduction of ACL injuries after watching the video of falling, and another that showed a reduction of ACL injuries after plyometrics training.
I used to coach girls soccer, and some studies came out a few years ago detailing that (for a variety of reasons) female athletes get something like 3-4 times the serious ACL injuries of their male counterparts, but that plyometric training seems to help a lot in reducing the likelihood of serious ACL tears, especially in activities (like soccer and basketball) where there are injuries landing after a jump or in changing direction.
SEP 11, 2001
Protecting the Knees of Athletic Girls Long Before the Whistle Blows By LINDA VILLAROSA
In fact, women and girls who participate in sports are two to eight times as susceptible to injuring [the ACL] ligament as their male counterparts.
With an eye on the future, increasing numbers of coaches, trainers, physical therapists and parents are screening athletes as young as elementary school age and using specialized training programs to help prevent devastating knee injuries, which can wipe out a season of play and sometimes an entire sports career.
...His six-week training regimen has been adapted and used by high school, college and professional sports teams across the country. Known as neuromuscular training, the program is designed to teach athletes to jump and land correctly to decrease impact on the knee and to build strength and correct imbalances between the hamstrings and quadriceps, and between the weaker and stronger leg.
The training involves stretching, weight lifting, balancing exercises and jumping drills. In a 1999 study of more than 1,200 high school athletes, untrained girls were two to four times as likely to suffer serious knee injuries as trained ones.
Dr. Hewett said the retraining was the most important part of the program.
"A lot of kids don't know that they're doing anything wrong," he said. "First thing I do is put them in front of a mirror and say, `Look how you're letting your knee wobble when you land from a jump.' "