Return To Sport Tag

This article will feature a 4-step progression in developing the stretch-shortening cycle which is crucial for returning to plyometric exercises. The stretch-shortening cycle is an active eccentric stretch (lengthening of a muscle) followed by an immediate concentric contraction (shortening of a muscle). This is similar to a spring; you first stretch the spring to create potential energy, then it is released into active energy. The stretch-shortening cycle is often used in plyometric training and is crucial in every sports training program. The 4-steps in the progression include eccentric jumping, low-intensity fast plyometrics, hurdle jumping, and depth jumping. This 4-step progression will help athletes safely develop the stretch-shortening cycle that is essential for every sport that involves jumping or change of direction activities, such as basketball and volleyball.

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% return to the same sporting level and 55% return to sport at a competitive level within 1-2 years post ACLR (reference). In this article, we will cover ACL return to sport testing as well as some of the alarming statistics regarding this topic.