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 default position for jumping, landing, and changing direction. Muscles can only protect if they are contracted appropriately to control imposed loads (2).
A strength coach applying injury prevention practices should check the Shitty Coaching Trifecta to ensure they truly understand the mechanisms for injury and the proper neuromuscular education techniques. Without proper identification and correction, the protective muscle reflexes are more or less useless.
Once ACL risks are assessed and proper knee alignment/action is mastered through reeducation, the athlete must be challenged further with different ways to prepare for the forces and movements. This article will present a new training tool to further the force reduction and neuromuscular reeducation process: anti-rotation strategies. These movements will further eliminate ACL non-contact injury mechanisms and prepare the athlete for all forces and movements they’ll see in their arena.
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Former collegiate lacrosse defensive midfielder, 4-year letter winner and 3-year team captain. Coached strength and conditioning collegiately with Georgetown University football, Men's and Women's lacrosse and Women's Crew, as well with the University of Texas at Austin's football program. Apprenticed under Raphael Ruiz of 1-FortyFour-1 studying proper implementation of science based, performance driven training systems. Head coached CrossFit Dupont's program for two years in Washington D.C. Received a Master's in Health Promotion Management from Marymount University in 2010, and has been a coach for Power Athlete since October, 2012.
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