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April 29, 2009

Recommendations to Facilitate Progress in the Reduction of ACL Injuries

  • Additional research, specifically prospective, longitudinal studies (Lomander et al., 2007)
  • Evaluations of the effectiveness of current procedural methods for long-term prognosis
  • Evaluation of post diagnostic test accuracy (Renstrom, et al., 2008)
  • External and internal risk profile (Renstrom, et al., 2008)
  • Benefits/risks of surgical versus non-surgical interventions (Lomander, et al., 2007)
  • Studies ten-year post-injury about long-term disability issues (Renstrom, et al., 2008; Parkkari, et al., 2008)
  • Education and training: Trainers, coaches, parents, team health professionals, as well as the athletes, need to have best practices knowledge available. Including:
    • awareness of anatomic and neuromuscular differences between male and female athletes (Lal, Hoch, 2007; Renstrom, et al., 2008)
    • Effect of hormonal factors (Lal, Hoch, 2007; Renstrom, et al., 2008)
    • Misconceptions about strength training (Lal, Hoch, 2007; Renstrom, et al., 2008)
    • Effects of weather on the playing surface
    • Shoe/cleat considerations (Renstrom, et al., 2008; Giugliano, Solomon, 2007)
    • Prior knee injury predilection to higher re-injury risk
    • Overall athleticism and skill level of the athlete (Renstrom, et al., 2008; Parkkari, et al., 2008)