Coaching Program : Sports An Acl Injury

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Coaching Program: In sport an ACL injury is the most frequently ruptured ligament of the knee (Johnson, 1983), it is described by Flynn 2005 as a serious, common and costly injury (Flynn, 2005). In many cases an ACL injury is the result of noncontact and studies done by Barrett et al 1972 and Beckett et al 1992 support this as they reported that 78% and 71% of ACL injured patients described noncontact mechanisms of injury such as landing with too much knee extension or change in direction (pivoting) (Barrett et al 1972 and Beckett et al 1992) and also can happen due to contact such dominant kicking leg, fall on the knee or even a forceful blow to the knee. Bjordal et al 1997, in their findings showed that 58% and 42% of ACL injuries were…show more content…
This is a worrying and crucial fact as the athlete in this program is aged 25 and it makes it vitally important that he recovers fully and is given sufficient time in order to do this. Strength and Conditioning, as well as sports nutrition have been chosen as the two areas to focus on in this training program. Strength and Conditioning: The main focus in the first stage of the rehabilitation problem will be to get 100% range of movement back into the athletes injured knee with no pain being suffered as he currently only has 70% range of movement and 2 months post-surgery the Fowler Kennedy Sport Medicine Clinic suggest that he should have full range of movement (ROM) in his knee (Werstin, 2009). It will hope to achieve this by introducing closed kinetic chain exercises (CKC) which are exercises that use a resistance such as squats and bicycling (Heijne et al, 2004) but also must remember that it is just as vital to maintain the highest level of strength and function possible in the unaffected knee as well, this is important as during the program we will use the unaffected leg as a comparison to assess the progress of the affected knee (Hiemstra et al, 2000). These have been chosen as according to Fleming et al 2003, CKC
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