ACL Injury Prevention

ACL Injury Prevention at COSMO Fit Lab

There are approximately 100,000 to 200,000 ACL tears per year in the United States alone. These injuries are common in professional and recreational athletes across multiple different sports. While ACL tears are common, much of the medical literature has been dedicated to efforts to reduce the incidence of this injury.

The medical literature has found multiple risk factors for ACL injury, which include:

  • Extrinsic Factors (playing surface and conditions)
  • Genetic Factors (familial predisposition, collagen polymorphisms)
  • Anatomic Factors (tibial slope, notch width)
  • Hormonal Factors
  • Biomechanical & Neuromuscular Factors (landing and jumping techniques and strength)

While some risk factors are “non-modifiable,” neuromuscular training can be employed as an effective tool in the prevention of ACL injury.

Our on-site assessment includes the Biomotion Analysis and a Functional Movement Screening. Testing is performed within the COSMO Fit Lab within our clinic in Denver, CO.

Biomotion Analysis with a sensorless system, enabling calculation of joint angle during common functional movements, such as squatting and jumping. In comparison to the majority of products available on the market, our system uses no infrared technology but utilizes image-based techniques. High quality video recordings with high frame rates and high resolutions are captured and saved using synchronized industrial cameras.

Functional Movement System Screening to evaluate for strength, flexibility and movement quality deficits, as well as recognize movement patterns that support sport-specific activities. This data enables us to prescribe individualized exercise recommendations to correct the body asymmetries we know are a risk factor for injury.

After this comprehensive assessment is performed, an Individualized Needs Assessment is provided by one of our hand-selected physical therapist partners with our training recommendations. Our preferred Partners have been hand-selected due to their expertise in injury prevention, performance and rehabilitation.