Exercise helps reduce ACL injury

Exercise helps reduce ACL injury

Exercise helps reduce ACL injury when done before an injury when the training targeting at prevention of injury to the ACL. All research paper were analysed and the results pooled together and analysed. The results showed that it was especially effective in preventing injury in female athletes. This Meta analysis of a recent paper in the medical literature ads to this evidence.

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Specific Exercise Effects of Preventive Neuromuscular Training Intervention on Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury Risk Reduction in Young Females

Meta-analysis and Subgroup Analysis

Dai Sugimoto, Gregory D Myer, Kim D Barber Foss, Timothy E Hewett,   Br J Sports Med. 2015;49(5):282-289.


Clinical trials have demonstrated that preventive neuromuscular training (PNMT) can be effective to reduce ACL injuries in young females. However, the magnitude of the overall effect of PNMT for ACL injury reduction has not reached consensus. In addition, the effects of individual exercises in PNMT that optimise ACL injury reduction are unknown.


The purpose of this project was to systematically review previously published clinical trials and evaluate types of exercises that best support ACL injury reduction in young females.

Data sources

The key words ‘knee’, ‘anterior cruciate ligament’, ‘ACL’, ‘prospective’, ‘neuromuscular’, ‘training’, ‘female’, and ‘prevention’ were used for studies published from 1995 to May 2012 in PubMed and EBSCO host.

Study selection

Inclusion criteria for the current analysis were: (1) documented number of ACL injuries, (2) employed a PNMT intervention that aimed to reduce ACL injuries, (3) had a comparison group, (4) used a prospective controlled study design, (5) recruited female athletes and (6) recorded exercises implemented in the PNMT.

Data extraction

The number of ACL injuries and female athletes in each group (control and intervention) were extracted. In addition, exercises were categorised into four types and analysed for each investigation.

Data synthesis

A total of 14 clinical trials met the inclusion criteria. The subgroup analyses identified fewer ACL injuries in PNMT that focused on strengthening (OR 0.32, 95% CI 0.23 to 0.46, p=0.001), proximal control exercises (OR 0.33, 95% CI 0.23 to 0.47, p=0.001) and multiple exercise interventions (OR 0.32, CI 0.22 to 0.46, p=0.001).


The current subgroup analyses indicate strengthening, proximal control exercises and multi exercise genres increased efficacy in PNMT intervention designed to reduce ACL injury in young female athletes.