ACL injury prevention: Does it work?

Study calls for more research on ACL, knee injury prevention programs

How effective are prevention programs for knee injuries in young athletes? According to a study presented at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) annual meeting, better designed research studies are needed before it can be concluded that specialized training programs can prevent injuries to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and the knee.

“Evidence shows that injury prevention programs may reduce the risk of some knee injuries, but additional research is necessary,” said Kevin G. Shea, MD. “Questions about the efficacy of some exercise/training programs exist and additional well-designed research studies are needed before we can definitively prove the value of these programs.”

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