There are more than 200,000 ACL injuries each year in the United States alone, and approximately 65% of these injuries are treated with reconstructive surgery. ACL graft options and selection is one of the main topics of discussion between orthopedic surgeons and their patients. Numerous factors including patient age, occupation, and activity level, graft availability, surgical history, existing tendinopathy, and the experience and preference of the surgeon, should be considered prior to determining which type of graft will be used for reconstruction. We’ve teamed up with Dr. Nima Mehran, an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in sports medicine, to cover everything you need to know about what you can do prior to surgery for maximal results, graft selection, and what to expect immediately after surgery. With this guide, you will no longer have to fear the unknown!
ACL Reconstruction Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction (ACLR) is one of the most common surgeries performed due to a sports injury. ACLR rehab and ACL prevention training is one of the hottest topics in the sports medicine world. The reality is while 80% of ACL reconstruction (ACLR) patients return to some form of sport, only 65% Read more about “How Do I Know When I Am Ready To Play Again?” Return To Sport Testing For Athletes Following ACL Reconstruction Surgery[…]
Soccer is the world’s most popular sport and demonstrates continued growth in the United States each year. Over 13 million Americans play soccer, and according to US Youth Soccer, there are over 3 million youth soccer players registered in the United States today. Although there are benefits to playing soccer such as improved cardiovascular health, strength, and self-esteem, there are also some inherent risks involved. One study found that there were over 2.4 million soccer related injuries leading to an Emergency Room visit between the years 2000 and 2012. Another study showed that soccer is the high school sport with the highest risk of injury for female athletes. The most commonly injured areas are the ankle and knee, and the most common injuries are sprains and strains. In this article I will highlight the most common injuries seen in soccer, and demonstrate research based soccer prehab exercises to prevent these injuries while employing soccer-specific activities.
This article was first published on the The Strength Doc, Dr. John Rusin’s Blog.
Have you ever strained your hamstring before? You’re not alone! Hamstring strain injuries are among the most common acute musculoskeletal injury in the United States. Athletes who participate in track and field, soccer, and football are especially prone to these injuries given the sprinting demands of these sports. One study found that over a 10-year span in the NFL, the occurrence of hamstring strains was second only to knee sprains. The average number of days lost for athletes with hamstring strains ranged anywhere from 8 to 25 days, which equated to missing up to 4 NFL games or 25% of the season. Even more concerning is that hamstring re-injury rates are extremely high, especially during the first 2 weeks after return to sport. In fact, over 1/3 of hamstring injuries will reoccur during this time.
This is an old article from the 2016 NFL season that covers MCL injury rehabilitation. To go directly to MCL injury rehabilitation considerations, click here.
A trio of star NFL running backs (Le’Veon Bell, Matt Forte, and Reggie Bush) went down with MCL injuries this past week.
Week 8 in the NFL was a crazy one. From the greatest fantasy football game ever in the form of the Giants vs Saints, to a Lions beatdown in London, and an overtime thriller on Monday Night Football between the Colts and Panthers, there was a ton of great football to watch. However, what tends to fly under the radar to unsuspecting fans is the absurd number of injuries that occur on a weekly basis. Week 8, in particular, was a injury-filled week that will not only have a drastic impact on teams moving forward, but also marks the beginning of an intensive rehabilitation program for those professional athletes who rely on their health to provide for their families.
Medial knee collapse, also known as knee valgus, is when the knee collapses or falls inward during any sort of weight bearing activity, like a squat, during gait, or during sport specific movements like cutting. Knee valgus is characterized by hip adduction and hip internal rotation in a flexed hip position. This position of the knee is most commonly associated with a non-contact mechanism of injury of the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL), and occurs in the running or jumping athlete during the deceleration phase of a cutting movement.