ACL Injury Prevention is Just Good Training

I wrote this a few years ago for

Is ACL injury prevention just good training? I think so. The program we use for ACL injury prevention is actually the same program we use with everyone! The truth is ACL injury prevention programs often consist more of packaging than new concepts. Calling a program an ACL prevention program may be nothing more than a way into the head of the athletic trainer, physical therapist or coach. But, if that’s what it takes, I’m all for it. However, as coaches we have to realize that we should be practicing great injury prevention concepts with all our athletes and our weekend warriors.

Because female athletes are much more likely to be injured, those who coach female athletes tend to be more interested in the concept of ACL injury prevention. However, obviously both genders can be injured. In fact, estimates run to over 100,000 ACL tears per year, with 30,000 of them high school age females. In any case, coaches should still practice these injury reduction concepts with both male and female athletes. Then again, ACL injury prevention may be the thought that gets your women’s basketball coach to buy into the program.

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2 Responses to “ACL Injury Prevention is Just Good Training”

  1. Gav Stephenson Says:


    My apologies, I have been looking for an article which explains that kids learn quicker if the coach praises and ‘makes a fuss’ when the young athlete performs the skill correctly rather than through ‘error correction’.

    I thought I may have read the article on this website, but after searching I am doubting myself. If anyone can help, I would really appreciate it. I can’t find it anywhere! Ahhh!
    I wish to pass the information onto a parent.

    Again, sorry for going off topic,


    Gav (squash coach)

  2. “as coaches we have to realize that we should be practicing great injury prevention concepts with all our athletes”

    Great point. A lot of injuries can be prevented by correcting bad habits early on. If you notice a player executing a drill in a way that could hurt them, that’s probably how they do it in a game. Focus on changing the way to execute that maneuver and you’re one step closer to an injury free season.

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