ACL Injury Prevention
The ACL injury rate in females is at least twice that of male soccer players. Pre-season training programs and in-season warm up programs focusing on proprioception and neuromuscular conditioning has shown promising decreases in ACL injury rates for both male and female soccer players. Information regarding these programs is readily available online.
Recovery from Ankle Sprains
Initial care after sprains should consist of rest, ice, compression and elevation( R.I.C.E). Non –steroidal anti-inflammatories ( NSAIDS) may also be beneficial. A functional rehabilitation program incorporating early range of motion exercises has been shown to enhance recovery. Proprioception or balance training is instrumental in recovery as well as prevention of future sprains.