Essay on Anterior Cruciate Ligament ( Acl ) Injuries

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Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries are a increasing concern for athletes worldwide. Over 120,000 ACL injuries happen every year affecting more female athletes at the high school and collegiate levels. (Gornitzky Al, Lott A, YellinJl, Fabricant PD, Lawrence JT, Ganley TJ. 2015) With such a growing problem preventative measures are just as important as rehabilitation procedures. Neuromuscular training is gaining popularity as a preventative measure for these injuries. Research has shown neuromuscular training can reduce the risk of injury. (Labella Cyntha, Huxford Michael, Grissom Joe, Kim Kwang-Youn, Peng Jie, Christoffel Kaufer Katherine 2011; Pasanen Kati, ParkkriJari, Pasanen Matti, Hiilloskorpi Hannele, Makinen Tanja, Jarvinen Markku, Kannus Pekka, 2008) The purpose of this paper is to examine if neuromuscular training reduces the risk of ACL injuries in female athletes.
Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) is one of four ligaments found in the knee joint. The knee joint is the area that connects the femur and tibia with the patella acting as a covering for the joint. The ACL has two main purposes. They are to prevent the tibia from coming forward and the second is to provide knee joint stability. Injures to the ACL happen in either through contact or noncontact. Contact is defined as direct contact to the knee by another player or object during the course of a game. 4 Noncontact is defined as an injury sustained without outside contact by another player or object on…

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