Knee Injury Prevention

Barbara Carter, a Physical Therapist at Providence, joined us today to talk about ACL injuries. The ACL is a ligament in the knee joint, which is often stressed during athletic activity. Poor running and jumping techniques can place more strain on this ligament than it is capable of handling.

Providence offers an ACL injury screening and prevention program, testing patients in the following areas: 

Single Leg Squats: This test examines the patient's alignment, form, and balance in a squatting position. When bent, the knee should be positioned straight above the foot, rather than turned to the right or left.
Broad Jump: This text looks at how the patient lands when performing a broad jump. The way the patient lands is analyzed in order to determine the likelihood of an ACL injury. 
Drop Jump Test: Like the broad jump, this test also examines how a patient lands. A soft, shock-absorbing land is best.  

For more information on Providence's ACL injury screening and prevention program, visit their  website, or call 503-29-SPORT.  More information is also available at the Family Matters section of of our website.

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