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ACL Injuries Can Be Prevented Through Two Simple Tests

10:48 AM, Mar 28, 2013   |    comments
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WASHINGTON D.C. (WUSA9) -- Cassandra Prenger is one of many college athletes who has dealt with a sports related injury. During her freshman year of college basketball, she tore her ACL in her left knee.

"My senior year of high school we had 6 ACL tears in one year. For, like, 15 or 16 girls," Prenger says.

While such injuries are commonplace, what most athletes don't realize? These injuries are actually preventable.

Timothy E. Hewett, Ph.D., is the Director of Research at the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center. He was spotlighted by the NBA because he suggested two simple tests that can help evaluate whether someone is prone to ACL injuries:

  • First, jump off a box about a foot high with your feet shoulder width apart and go into a squat position. Make sure to pay close attention to the position of your knees.
  • Also, you can put an "X" on the floor with tape and hop through the 4 quadrants.

If you consistently use one foot more than the other, it's possible you could be at risk for a sports related injury. Balance exercises and lifting weights with the backs of your legs can be simple steps taken that can help one avoid this costly injury. 

Courtesy: Ohio State Wexner Medical Center