The ACL is the main stabilizing ligament of the knee. Young female athletes are two to eight times more likely to experience ACL ruptures than males in the same sports and at the same level of play.
Strong Girls: ACL Injury Prevention Program for Female Athletes
Female ACL injuries are primarily non-contact, unexpected injuries, usually occurring upon landing from a normal jump or while making a routine cut. The ligament can tear if an athlete stops, turns or lands from a jump in an awkward position or with poor balance and control. Research has shown that with proper training, the incidence of ACL injuries in female athletes can be lowered by as much as 80 percent.
Our ACL-injury prevention classes consist of strengthening techniques, core stabilization exercises, plyometrics (jump training), stretching, balance and coordination training. Classes and clinics, led by physical therapy professionals, focus on proper jumping, landing and cutting techniques. A six-week session of classes is offered several times per year. Classes are held twice a week for one hour each night.
A variety of ACL-injury prevention programs for your entire team are also offered on your field. For more information, please call Kira Davies at (757) 668-6644.
This is an injury prevention program for coaches and parents. CHKD Sports Medicine experts provide training to coaches and/or parents on how to keep athletes in the game. Basic injury prevention information and protocols for returning to play after an injury will be covered. To schedule a training, email Sandra.Fabian@chkd.org or call (757) 668-7402.