Preventing ACL Injuries When Playing Soccer

Jody Wiebe, physiotherapist, discusses preventing ACL injuries in soccer.

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Jody Wiebe, physiotherapist, discusses preventing ACL injuries in soccer.
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Featuring Jody Wiebe, BSc, MPT, Physiotherapist

Duration: 1 minute, 27 seconds

For people who play soccer and are interested in preventing or reducing the risk of ACL injuries from happening, there are several programs that have been developed to reduce this risk.  

For example, the PEP program and the FIFA 11 program are examples.  They're comprehensive, exercise-based approaches to reducing the risk and they usually involve a dynamic warm up, leg stretching, and strengthening specific exercises, balance and proprioception training, stand – landing and stopping techniques as well as sport specific agility training. 

Usually, these exercise programs last about 15 to 20 minutes and should be completed about three or four times per week.  

The most important thing for these exercise programs is that the coaches and the trainers are emphasizing proper technique during all exercises and this is the key to minimizing ACL injuries from happening on the field.  

A good place to start for getting involved in an ACL prevention program is speaking to a physiotherapist. They can set you on the right path with appropriate exercises to do – directed specifically towards you and your needs as well. Also, ensuring that your coach or trainer has experience in dealing with ACL prevention programs and they are well versed in that field.

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Presenter: Ms. Jody Wiebe, Physiotherapist, Surrey, BC

Local Practitioners: Physiotherapist

This content is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare professional with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.