Heather Mosher, ATC is a contributing author and staff member at Hat Trick Sports, LLC. Heather graduated from Mercyhurst University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Athletic Training and a minor in Exercise Science. She has had the opportunity to work with NCAA Division II baseball and football teams, as well as Division III soccer, volleyball, and track and field teams. Heather is currently an assistant Athletic Trainer at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College.
Athletes should incorporate ACL prevention programs into their daily workout routines to help reduce the chances of suffering a possible season ending ACL tear. Programs can be incorporated into a warm up, strength training, or as a standalone program in only about 15 minutes per day. Programs that focus on plyometrics, balance, stretching, and strengthening exercises seem to work best.
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Static and dynamic stretching are both effective methods to increase joint motion and flexibility. Choosing which type of stretch to use in your exercise routine, how to safely perform it and when to do it is more complex.
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