ACL Treatment and Prevention Program
The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is one of four ligaments critical to the stability of the knee joint. It is also prone to injury during sports that involve sudden stops and changes in direction, such as basketball, soccer, tennis and volleyball. Non-contact injuries account for approximately 70 percent of all ACL injuries, making them more common than traumatic injuries.
There are an estimated 200,000 ACL injuries each year in the United States, and female athletes are two to eight times more likely to suffer an ACL injury than males competing in similar activities.
Specialized care for the unique demands of the athlete
The good news is that we can significantly decrease the risk of ACL injuries. At Northwell Health, we’ve adopted a clinically proven neuromuscular training program called PEP (Prevent Injury & Enhance Performance) to help reduce the risk of debilitating ACL injuries.
The program emphasizes:
- Proper warm up and cool down techniques
- Strengthening (core and lower extremities)
- Balance and proprioception (sensory information contributing to your sense of position and movement)
- Plyometrics (“jump training”) and agility drills
- Proper jumping and landing techniques
Therapeutic benefits of PEP include:
- Injury prevention and reduction
- Maintenance and improvement of optimum performance levels
- Improved core stability
- Improved postural alignment and awareness
- Enhanced jumping technique
- Pain relief
- Increased joint and muscle mobility
Our specially trained team of orthopaedists, along with physical specialists from STARS (Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation Services), are available to screen athletes who may be at risk of ACL injuries. Our clinical team works with coaches, sports teams and individuals to help reduce the risk of injury and improve performance.
Our team of professionals understands the demands of each sport and what’s required to keep athletes off the sidelines and performing at the highest level possible. We treat all levels of athletes participating in all sports.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call (516) 321-7522.
Our experts at the Orthopaedic Institute have put together a mini-series of instructional videos to help you prevent ACL injury. It is best to watch and perform these exercises in order, but each exercise can also be performed on its own. Please review the general guidelines video below and always warm up before beginning the routine.