reducing ACL injuries

Dave Tilley interviews one of his medical colleagues on the topic.

Lenny Macrina on reducing ACL injuries. Lenny is a Physical Therapist, Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach, and a highly acclaimed researcher.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube. (1hr)

Some highlights posted on the Masters of Sport Facebook group:

  • The weak point in the chain is the growth plate.
  • We must do better time management with how many hours we are asking adolescent athletes to train.
  • We need periodization more than ever! Athletes need the time to rest, athletes need the time to recover.
  • How much is too much?
  • Base line data helps reduce the risk of injury
  • Teaching proper jump and landing techniques can reduce the rate of injury …
  • … safe landing asks for the feet to be should width apart
  • Use all muscle groups to help land
  • The Code of Points is aesthetically based, not medically based.

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Rick Mc

Career gymnastics coach who loves the outdoors, and the internet.

One thought on “reducing ACL injuries”

  1. In addition to the above, a HUGELY important factor in reducing/eliminating ACL tears is for the gymnast to have COMPLETED the twisting rotation prior to contact with the floor. Archaev in his book suggests a minimum of 0.1 tenth of a second and preferably 0.2 so that the gymnast can actually look down and spot (and therefore control) the landings……being strong and correct posture (and I’m a fervent believer in both!) can overcome many of the problems of under-rotation, but avoiding it by finishing the skill is arguably THE most important factor…..thoughts?

    Rick, do NOT get me started on the proposition that the Code is “aesthetically” based!


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