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Powers C.M.,University of Southern California | Powers C.M.,Musculoskeletal Biomechanics Research Laboratory | Fisher B.,University of Southern California | Fisher B.,Neuroplasticity and Imaging Laboratory
Journal of Athletic Training | Year: 2010

In young female athletes, ACL tears are a common and debilitating injury. Given the detrimental effect of ACL injury, considerable effort has been directed toward the development of injury-prevention strategies. Although ACL injury-prevention training is being advocated in various sport settings, programs are being implemented without a thorough understanding of why they work and how they are best delivered. Ongoing research suggests that the protective effect afforded by injury-prevention training may be the result of skill acquisition associated with central adaptations (ie, motor learning). Future research efforts should be directed at identifying optimal training methods that elicit long-term changes in behavior that are considered ACL protective. © by the National Athletic Trainers' Association, Inc.

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