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“To really maximize athletic ability and prevent soccer-related injuries like ACL tears, it is important for players to have a full understanding of the nature of the game and how it requires high-velocity and rotational body movements,” says Dr. Williams. One way to avoid initial or reoccurring ACL injury is for players to maintain fitness and training schedules throughout the season. Focusing on strength and conditioning of a player’s core, hip and thigh muscles in relation to common soccer movements will help players avoid initial injury as well as re-injury to an ACL, he adds.
“Likewise, to improve upon the care provided to patients with ACL injuries, sports medicine surgeons at HSS participate in an ACL registry that enables them to conduct prospective analysis of post ACL injury outcomes as well as utilize the expertise of a large sports service that works collaboratively to conduct a high volume of ACL surgeries and is instrumental in effectively determining a safe return to play for athletes,” says Dr. Williams. “Together, advanced treatments coupled with continued physical fitness will help players gain the necessary strength and ability to prevent injury and appropriately recover if injury has occurred.”