Last week I talked about some of the main causes of ACL injuries and why they occur at a rate of 3-4x more often in female athletes. You can find that article along with our first jump training video here:
This week I’m posting the second video in a series of three showing how we begin jump training to a box. This type of training can be used for ACL injury prevention and to enhance sports performance. It’s also what we do post-surgically to get the athlete used to jumping again and landing safely.
The great thing about box jumps is that the forces on the knee are quite low because you are not coming all the way back down to the floor. It’s also much easier because of this for the athlete to work on proper landing technique.
Before I get to the video though I thought I’d post a picture of what you don’t want your athletes knees to look like.
Check out the video below for more:
Looks fairly simple but let me assure you it can be quite challenging for many athletes – boys included. Learning to jump and land correctly has been proven to help prevent ACL injuries and it must also be a huge focus of any post-surgical ACL rehabilitation program.
If you have any questions feel free to contact me Joe@elitepttc.com or 231 421-5805. We also do injury prevention and return to sport testing which does include a number of jump/hop tests. If you’d like to know where you stand in relationship to other athletes in your sport we can definitely set that up for you.