Title of Abstract

Prevention of ACL Injuries

Poster Number

59

Submitting Student(s)

Ben Smith

Faculty Sponsor (for work done with a non-Winthrop mentor)

Janet Wojcik, Ph.D.

College

College of Education

Department

Physical Education, Sport & Human Performance

Abstract

One of the most common injuries that occur in sports today is an anterior cruciate ligament injury. Athletes of all ages from youth sports to professionals, ACL injuries have plagued sports. Most ACL injuries though occur due to a non-contact injury. That means that the injury occurs while nobody is touching the athlete, therefore the injuries are theoretically preventable. This is a topic that has been examined by many researchers, but it has not gained the traction that it deserved. If the number of ACL injuries can be decreased, it will help the athletes in the sports that people of all ages enjoy. Overall, the goal of this study is to examine why ACL injuries occur and what mechanisms cause the injury. Using that information, we can look at what issues can be addressed to help prevent injury. Then, provide research-backed solutions to preventing ACL injuries by making athletes more biomechanically efficient through neuromuscular and proprioceptive training.

Start Date

15-4-2022 12:00 PM

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Prevention of ACL Injuries

One of the most common injuries that occur in sports today is an anterior cruciate ligament injury. Athletes of all ages from youth sports to professionals, ACL injuries have plagued sports. Most ACL injuries though occur due to a non-contact injury. That means that the injury occurs while nobody is touching the athlete, therefore the injuries are theoretically preventable. This is a topic that has been examined by many researchers, but it has not gained the traction that it deserved. If the number of ACL injuries can be decreased, it will help the athletes in the sports that people of all ages enjoy. Overall, the goal of this study is to examine why ACL injuries occur and what mechanisms cause the injury. Using that information, we can look at what issues can be addressed to help prevent injury. Then, provide research-backed solutions to preventing ACL injuries by making athletes more biomechanically efficient through neuromuscular and proprioceptive training.