“I don’t really have the words right now, definitely not the right ones at least,” this was the quote from Odell Beckham Jr. following his 2nd ACL tear during Superbowl LVI. Most people know that an ACL tear is a common knee injury that requires a long, tenacious recovery. Once an ACL is torn, the risk of re-tear or tearing the opposite side is 20-35% more likely4. The above statistic may be alarming and is why ACL reconstruction rehabilitation needs to be taken very seriously.
An ACL tear can occur in contact or non-contact incidents. A non-contact ACL injury typically occurs when the knee collapses and rotates inward in the same motion. An ACL tear from contact typically occurs with a blow to the knee from the side.
To help with ACL tear prevention and to improve outcomes for functional outcomes following an ACL tear and surgery, Athletico Physical Therapy offers the ACL 3P Program. ACL tears maybe prevented with the right strengthening exercise and movement analysis. Proper risk assessment and return to sport testing can reduce re-injury rates by 84%.
Are you at risk for an ACL tear? Contact Athletico for a free assessment. The Athletico team will look at biomechanics and movement patterns to determine the best course of action for you to prevent ACL tears or injury.
If you are interested in learning more about Athletico’s ACL 3P Program, including ACL risk assessment, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Per federal guidelines, beneficiaries of plans such as Medicare, Medicaid, Tricare, VHA and other federally funded plans are not eligible for free assessments.
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2. Paterno, M. V., Rauh, M. J., Schmitt, L. C., Ford, K. R., & Hewett, T. E. (2012, March). Incidence of contralateral and ipsilateral anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury after primary ACL reconstruction and return to sport. Clinical journal of sport medicine: official journal of the Canadian Academy of Sport Medicine. Retrieved May 6, 2022, from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4168893/
3. Trotter, J. (2020, October 30). Cleveland browns’ odell beckham jr. says ACL tear ‘really tough,’ promises to be back soon. ESPN. Retrieved May 6, 2022, from https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/30224563/cleveland-browns-odell-beckham-jr-says-acl-tear-really-tough-promises-back-soon
4. Wang , W. (n.d.). Get your athletes back in the game after ACL surgery.