Soccer is an incredibly fast and dynamic game. Players are constantly sprinting, decelerating and changing direction to make plays on the pitch. All this movement can place serious stress on the ACL, especially if the athlete is not properly prepared.
Some ACL injuries are impossible to prevent, like when there’s an unfortunate collision. However, we can reduce the risk of non-contact injuries with a comprehensive training approach. It’s important that any training system accounts for individual athlete limitations, focuses on the Big 4 and address soccer-specific needs such as single-leg strength and mobility in the ankle, hip and torso.
Here’s how we approach soccer ACL injuries at STACK Velocity Sports Performance.