ACL Injury Prevention Screening

Also known as: ACL screening and injury prevention, ACL injury prevention.

What is an ACL injury prevention screening?

The anterior cruciate ligament of the knee is more commonly known as the ACL, and a tear of the ACL is a common injury among athletes. An ACL injury prevention screening is a biomechanical motion analysis test performed to identify level of risk for an ACL or other lower extremity injury.

What happens during the procedure?
Trained Sports Health professionals will perform a 45 minute video analysis of the athlete’s movement patterns during physical tests of strength, power and balance. They will then provide the athlete with an injury risk profile and training recommendation program.

Is any special preparation needed? 
No special preparation is needed for the ACL injury prevention screening. Athletes should wear shorts and athletic sneakers.

What are the risk factors?
There is always a risk of an ACL injury occurring during athletic participation, even if the patient has undergone the screening.

Reviewed by: Lauren Butler, PT, DPT, SCS

This page was last updated on: 5/22/2018 4:02:31 PM

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