Professional Soccer Athletic Trainers' Society (PSATS) is an organization made up of active Certified Athletic Trainer's and Canadian Athletic Therapist that currently work in Major League Soccer. Individually these men and women care for the health and safety of the players for the 22 teams. Collectively this group strives to reduce the incident of injury, learn new techniques in the field, reduce time lost due to injury, increase performance and recovery on and off the field.
The moment your athlete goes down during a training session or game holding their ankle/foot, athletic trainers brace for the worst and hope for the best. By the time we can run out onto the field or court to quickly and thoroughly evaluate the extent of injury sustained, we begin to think ahead and plan the rehab that will be necessary to return the athlete to full play.
ACL injuries can be devastating to a soccer players competitive season. For this reason, reputable medical institutions like the Cincinnati Sportsmedicine Foundation and Santa Monica Orthopedics have designed and published ACL prevention protocols. These programs focus on preventing injuries and enhancing athletic performance. The concentration of these programs is placed on stretching, strengthening, plyometrics, and agilities. The following article will discuss important concepts in preventing ACL injuries, and make recommendations for implementing prevention into your teams training.