Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury prevention review
Thus, the primary purpose of this systematic review was to quantify the training duration of previously published prevention programs, identify and quantify the duration of individual training component, and analyse the efficacy of the various components in reducing ACL injury rates in female athletes
Intervention programs vary widely in their design and implementation. The review did not reveal any clear trend that allows for recommendations of duration parameters for training components of future intervention designs.
Strength and agility training, plyometric or explosive training was the most commonly used training components. Evidence to support the superiority of these exercises in reducing injury risk was insufficient.
The conclusion being prevention programs are effective in reducing the risk of injury in female athletes, the ideal composition of these programs remains elusive.
> From: Taylor et al., Br J Sports Med 49 (2015) 79–87. All rights reserved to BMJ Publishing Group Ltd & British Association of Sport and Exercise Medicine. Click here for the Pubmed summary.