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October 18, 2007

BehindTheMedspeak: Hopscotch test for ACL instability

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Girls and women especially are prone to devastating ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) injuries.

Dr. Frank Noyes, president of the Cincinnati SportsMedicine Research and Education Foundation (a leader in the study of prevention of such injuries) offers a simple test for any concerned parent or coach: Play hopscotch and watch what happens.

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Long story short: "If your child wobbles on a one-foot landing, or if the leg is straight when she comes down, she is pressuring the ACL."

More: "If you land with a straight knee, that is dangerous... If you have the knee joint anywhere away from the rest of the body... it is going to produce an imbalance," Noyes said. During jump training sessions, "When they land, we don't want to hear them land" — instead, they need to flex their knees and land softly.

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All this and much more appeared in Howard Schneider's September 4, 2007 Washington Post Health section article.

October 18, 2007 at 04:01 PM | Permalink


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