ACL injury prevention – Part3 (Leg Dominance )

ACL injury prevention – Part3 (Leg Dominance )

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The Authors highlighted the 3rd type of imbalance Leg Dominance. What does that mean? In tasks that normally require side-to-side symmetry of the lower extremities, women tend to be more one-leg dominance than their male counterparts. when a female tears her ACL, most if not all her weight is on a single leg when considering the imbalance of leg dominance, it should be acknowledged that most athletes have a preferred plant leg and preferred kick or drive (in the case of a single leg jump task) leg.

However, the difference between limbs in muscle recruitment patterns, muscle strength, and muscle flexibility, tends to be greater, in women than men so, in the context of preseason screening process neuromuscular/ biomechanical tests should attempt to identify side to side differences.

Regarding muscular symmetry, if sides side muscle strength or relative recruitment differences are measurable, then an athlete is asymmetric and is considered to be leg dominance. What research has shown, those that have greater asymmetry in these force and torque profiles have a greater risk of future injury. if you have been following my post.

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