ACL Injury Prevention

PRO-PT has implemented an ACL Injury Prevention Program to assist in decreasing the number of non contact ACL injuries sustained by competitive female soccer players in our area.

Studies have shown there has been a sharp increase in ACL injuries in female soccer players over the last four decades. More than 80,000 ACL injuries occur each year in the United States. The risk to a female player sustaining an ACL injury is two to eight times greater than her male counterpart. Subsequent studies have also shown that implementation of an ACL Injury Prevention Program to the training regime can decrease the risk of injury by 80%.

Our program is designed to:

  • Reduce the risk of ACL tears
  • Improve neuromuscular control
  • Increase power, speed and flexibility
  • Correct jogging, landing and cutting mechanics
  • Develop the ability to return to play
  • Reduce the risk of re-injury

Adapted from the PEP (PREVENT INJURY, Enhance Performance) Program by the Santa Monica Sports Medicine Research Foundation, our program is a highly specific, 20 minute training session to replace the traditional warm up. The programs main focus is educating the players on strategies to avoid injury, and includes specific exercises targeting problems identified in previous research studies.

Dr. Kathryn Lichty PT currently treating in our Visalia clinic oversees our ACL Injury Prevention Program. She is extremely passionate about this program, as she sustained an ACL tear during a soccer match at 15 years of age. This required 6 months of rehabilitation.

Our current program participants include:

  • College of Sequoias Women’s Soccer
  • Central Valley Christian High School Soccer
  • Odyssey South Soccer Club
  • Porterville United Soccer Club

For more information on our program, please contact our Visalia clinic at (559) 636-1200