Last week I talked about some of the main causes of ACL injuries and why they occur at a rate of 3-4x more often in female athletes. You can find that article along with our first jump training video HERE:
This week I’m posting the second video in a series of three showing how we begin jump training to a box. This type of training can be used for ACL injury prevention and to enhance sports performance. It’s also what we do post-surgically to get the athlete used to jumping again and landing safely.
The great thing about box jumps is that the forces on the knee are quite low because you are not coming all the way back down to the floor. It’s also much easier because of this for the athlete to work on proper landing technique.
Before I get to the video though I thought I’d post a picture of what you don’t want your athletes knees to look like.
Looks fairly simple but let me assure you it can be quite challenging for many athletes – boys included. Learning to jump and land correctly has been proven to help prevent ACL injuries and it must also be a huge focus of any post-surgical ACL rehabilitation program.
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About the Author: Dr. Greg Schaible is a physical therapist/strength coach specializing in athletic performance. He attended The University of Findlay, graduating in 2013 with his Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT). As a Track and Field athlete, he was as a 5x Division II All-American and 6x Division II Academic All-American. Greg is the owner of On Track PT and Performance in Ann Arbor, Mi. You can stay up to date with helpful information and news on Facebook.