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Category

Injury prevention

Document Type

Paper

Abstract

Injury to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is considered one of the most debilitating knee injuries which could occur in any young athlete. ACL injuries have short and long-term morbidity consequences, with all the negative impact in the individual wellbeing and health-system. Mitigation of the risk factors (e.g., knee valgus) through training are key in reducing the risk of an ACL injury. However, the majority of neuromuscular training programs require a time-intensive commitment and have a considerable level of complexity and intensity, thus reducing compliance to the programs AposTherapy is a foot-worn biomechanical device which aims to alter alignment and enhance neuromuscular control but has the advantage as a simpler intervention. .. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of implementing an unstable footwear device, AposTherapy system, on lower limb biomechanics in recreational female athletes The study identified a significant reduction in knee valgus angle in the AposTherapy group. Utilising foot-worn biomechanical interventions may be a different method for mitigating risks of ACL injury.

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