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ACL Prevention and Rehab…Are We Doing it Wrong?

By Matthew Zanis / August 25, 2021 /

  All of those with a previous ACL injury please stand up. But, wait! Don’t do it too quickly. There is a good chance you will re-tear it again. Sarcastic humor aside, the risk of re-injury after an ACL tear is still rising, especially amongst high-school aged athletes over the past 20 years. And, to…

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EP 396 – Real Talk on ACL Injuries in the NFL with Dr. Zanis

By Cali Hinzman / September 29, 2020 /

As excited as we are for the return of the NFL regular season, we are not surprised by the big number of injuries that have downright destroyed many fantasy football leagues. Premiere talents McCaffery, Barkley, and half the 49ers went down in Week 2 with more bumps, bruises, and tears coming Week 3. Closer look…

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My ACL Journey by John Welbourn

By John / May 8, 2020 /

I have had a long time to meditate on my ACL journey. It starts as a spry 18 year old kid in his senior year. The summer was coming and myself and a few friends decided to bail after lunch to go hang out at a friend’s house. He lived on the side of a…

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Now Your Daughter Doesn’t Have to Live in Fear of ACL Injury

By Tex McQuilkin / May 4, 2020 /

100,000 – 200,000 per year. This is the frequency of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) ruptures each year in the United States (1). Female athletes tear their ACL at an alarmingly higher rate than males in certain sports including basketball and soccer: Basketball: For every 1 male ACL tear, 3.5 tears to female athletes Soccer: For…

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EP 358 – The ACL Episode with Dr Tim Hewett

By Cali Hinzman / May 1, 2020 /

You Can’t Rush Biology The MF ACL. It’s the achilles heel of the knee. And I know what you’re thinking,..”Hasn’t the ACL horse been beaten enough?” The answer is NO! If you’re going to listen to just one comprehensive podcast on how ACL injuries develop, occur, and affect an athlete mentally and physically, THIS is…

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Back in Action: A Tale of Recovery from an ACL tear

By Carl Case / September 29, 2015 /

It was a play that felt like any other play on the rugby field, until it wasn’t. I had just caught a pass during a 7s scrimmage from the left side of the field. As I received the pass, I scanned the field looking for gap to take. I saw an opening, jump cut, and…

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ACL Injury Prevention: Anti-Rotation

By Tex McQuilkin / March 2, 2015 /

Common thinking in strength and conditioning is the stronger the muscle, the safer the joint is from injury.  Focusing on linear force production regardless of the set up or execution, is a fallacy that neglects a monumental component of sport and training: Force Reduction. In Neuromuscular Reeducation, we discussed training protective knee joint action by creating a…

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ACL Injury Prevention: Neuromuscular Reeducation

By Tex McQuilkin / February 2, 2015 /

The first article in this series, Injury Mechanisms, focused on identifying neuromuscular imbalances present in non-contact anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears, one of the most common non-contact injuries to the knee joint.  While many bio-markers for this injury are beyond an athlete’s control, the mechanisms discussed are not.  Left unnoticed, they introduce faulty bio-mechanics that put…

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ACL Injury Prevention: Injury Mechanisms

By Tex McQuilkin / January 21, 2015 /

Injury prevention in strength and conditioning is an interesting beast.  If an S&C coach does their job correctly, non-contact injuries are an afterthought in the athlete or team’s success.  If done incorrectly, there is only one person to blame and that S&C coach better take a good look at their program and pinpoint where they failed…

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A Course Correction for Youth Athletes

By Alex Pinger Gibson / April 21, 2022 /

It’s no secret that Youth Sports are now more competitive than ever. This pressure to perform at a young age is pushing kids into Early Sport Specialization, where young athletes are encouraged to focus all their energy into one sport early in their athletic careers. This pressure to become a mini Michael Jordan or John…

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