Cruciate Ligament injury Prevention

by Joseph Boland, FTI physiotherapist.

So let us begin –

1) poor landing control

2) genetics

– ligament laxity
-naturally fast twitch players produce higher forces around the knee.

3) Fatigue – team training programmes don’t allow for individuals that may take longer to recover (player A might be 100% within 24 hours,  player B might only be at 85%).

4) Strength and conditioning advances in the last 20 years- every player wants to become faster and more powerful to be successful at their individual sport,

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possibly the body isn’t supposed to be enhanced to these new heights, and the cruciate is a natural way to self correct the body when it gets too powerful?

Case: 22 yr old male, very fast (twitch) gaa corner forward with genetically inherited ligament laxity. Sets out to become faster and more powerful and starts to achieve this via high quality S&C but does spend minimal time practicing landing in these sessions. His team decide when he trains and when he doesn’t train, even if he has not fully recovered from a gym session in the previous 36 hours, he must train as he has no “injury”.

He takes part in a 90 minute high intensity high agility training session on an astro turf pitch.

What are the chances of him doing a cruciate knee ligament injury do you think?

Check out the video below.


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