ACL Injury Screening and Prevention Program

ACL Injury Prevention Program

The Nicklaus Children’s Hospital ACL Injury Prevention Program is designed to identify and correct for biomechanical movement errors that result in an increased risk of an ACL injury. Our program has the potential to decrease the risk of an ACL injury by 50-70%. 

How do ACL Injuries Happen?

In the United States there are a reported 250,000 anterior cruciate ligament tears annually. Athletes involved in sports requiring cutting, pivoting and jumping are at the highest risk. Female athletes are of significant concern as they have 4-6 times higher risk than male athletes. 

Consequences of an ACL Tear

  • Surgical reconstruction resulting in 6-10 months of rehabilitation and time off from sports.
  • 50% risk or arthritis 10 years after surgical reconstruction
  • 25% chance of suffering a second ACL injury 

Conditions We Treat

  • ACL Injury
  • Other knee ligament injuries (PCL, MCL, LCL)
  • Meniscal tear

ACL Injury Prevention Screening

With ACL prevention screening a biomechanical motion analysis test is performed to identify level of risk for an ACL or other lower extremity injury
  • Team ACL Screening: Includes a 15-minute video analysis with individual injury risk profile, provided at school or club. ($40 per athlete)
  • Individual ACL Screening: Includes a comprehensive 45-minute video analysis with individual results summary and training recommendation package. Provided at Nicklaus Children's Outpatient Centers. ($130 per individual)

ACL Return to Sports Testing

Return to Sports Testing is ideal for athletes who have suffered an ACL injury preparing to return to activiely participate in sports. Provided at one of Nicklaus Children’s Outpatient Centers.

  • The test includes a comprehensive biomechanical motion analysis evaluation of return to sport readiness after ACL injury. Return to Sports testing is designed to identify the risk of re-injury, strength, power and symmetry. 
Physician Prescription is required for this service, insurance benefits may be available. ​

ACL Injury Prevention Training

A training program designed to correct biomechanical risk factors of an ACL injury and improve strength, power, and agility. 

Team Training

60-minute training sessions, provided at school or club (minimum of six athletes)

  • 6 session program: $120 / per athlete
  • 8 session program: $160 / per athlete
  • 12 session program: $240 /per athelete

Individual Training

30 and 60-minute training sessions available. Provided at one of Nicklaus Children’s Outpatient Centers.

  • 30-min sessions: $35
  • 60-min sessions: $70

Small Group Training

A 6 week program offered at the Pinecrest Sports Health Center.

  • 6 sessions: $90
  • 12 sessions: $145
Contact Sports Health

Sports Overuse Injuries
The Sports Health Center at Pinecrest is designed to help the young athletes in our community when it comes to prevention and rehabilitation of sports injuries.
Dr. Craig Spurdle is a pediatric orthopedic surgeon with the Orthopedic Surgery Program at Nicklaus Children's Hospital.