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

Author / Cali Hinzman

50 min listen

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 of injury reports and you’ll find the majority of injuries were located in the lower body, including a high number of ACL tears.

Ankles are nearly always neat and good-looking, but knees are nearly always not.

While it may be hard to correlate lack of pre-season as a definitive factor in these high injury rates, we know there is one culprit that is at fault – the foot. 

In his analysis of the rash of injuries that occurred in week 2, Doctor of Physical Therapy, Movement Expert, and Power Athlete Block One Coach Dr. Matt Zanis joins the Power Athlete Crew to discuss the cause of the wave of lower leg injuries to start the NFL seasons. The Crew discusses the risk of taping ankles paired with the advances cleat design, which may have led to exponentially better speed and performance with a steep price of increased foot, ankle, and knee injury rates.

READ NOW: Rash of Injuries Due to Weak Feet by Dr. Matt Zanis

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Cali Hinzman

A strength and conditioning coach since 2009, Cali has worked with numerous athletes spanning from rugby players to cross country skiers. Almost immediately after finding CrossFit in 2010, she was introduced to a program that better suited her athletic goals. With her existing background in powerlifting and football, she became a natural devotee to CFFB/PowerAthlete and testament to it's effectiveness. In 2012, she left D.C. and headed for the state named after her to be a part of the CrossFit Football Seminar Staff and a Jedi of Power Athlete HQ. Cali currently resides in Seattle where she works full time in law enforcement.


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