ACL Injury Prevention Program
UPMC Sports Performance's ACL Injury Prevention Program helps athletes reduce the risk of non-contact ACL injuries while improving sports performance. Starting with an initial screening to help identify predisposing imbalances that place an athlete at risk for injury, the program is aimed at helping athletes return to a higher level of performance than before injury. The specific areas include lower extremity strength and power, core strength, flexibility, landing techniques, and balance.
The recommended program is two to three days of training per week for a minimum of six weeks, with a preference of eight weeks. The program is open to athletes that have not suffered an injury, athletes that are at least four months out of surgery, prepubescent athletes that have ruptured their ACL but are too young to have surgery, and adults who have elected not to have surgery. Team training and prevention screenings are also available.