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Plyometric Exercises Help Reduce ACL Tears

Doing the type of exercises that require landing control after explosive movements may help.

By Dan Guttenplan, FNF Coaches Managing Editor

John J. Leddy, M.D., is a primary care sports physician and clinical professional in the Department of Orthopaedics at the University of Buffalo.

Leddy cited studies on girls’ soccer that show that plyometric exercises help reduce incidents of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears. Those exercises consist of explosive movements like jumping, pivoting and cutting. Leddy believes those exercises build up the muscles around the ACL to help reduce stress on the knee ligament.

“Doing the type of exercises that require landing control after explosive movements may help,” Leddy said. “We see positive results in programs with functional calisthenics as warmup exercises. It helps with neuromuscular coordination. If it works for female soccer players, there’s no reason it couldn’t help male football players.”

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