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

Author / John

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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John Welbourn is CEO of Power Athlete and Fuse Move. He is also creator of the online training phenomena, Johnnie WOD. He is a 9 year veteran of the NFL. John was drafted with the 97th pick in 1999 NFL Draft and went on to be a starter for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1999-2003, appearing in 3 NFC Championship games, and for starter for the Kansas City Chiefs from 2004-2007. In 2008, he played with the New England Patriots until an injury ended his season early with him retiring in 2009. Over the course of his career, John has started over 100 games and has 10 play-off appearances. He was a four year lettermen while playing football at the University of California at Berkeley. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in Rhetoric in 1998. John has worked with the MLB, NFL, NHL, Olympic athletes and Military. He travels the world lecturing on performance and nutrition for Power Athlete. You can catch up with John as his personal blog on training, food and life, Talk To Me Johnnie and at Power Athlete.

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