APTA Responds to Article in 'The New York Times' on ACL Injury

To the Editor:

Re: Gretchen Reynolds' March 19 article, "How a Warm-Up Routine Can Save Your Knees"

Physical therapists have long understood the neuromuscular system's role in preventing ACL injuries. For instance, physical therapy research shows that femoral control during landing can affect hip muscle performance, which in turn impacts ACL injury rates.

Research also shows that functional tests can help physical therapists identify some patients who may actually be able to avoid surgery following an ACL injury. The key to success with this nonsurgical approach is optimizing neuromuscular control.

Physical therapists conduct ACL injury prevention programs for sports teams nationwide and helped develop the Prevention Exercise Program (PEP) mentioned in your article. Physical therapists give athletes at all levels an intensive, individualized approach that far surpasses any "at home" programs.

A physical therapist's knowledge of the neuromuscular system, combined with an individualized approach to injury prevention and recovery can be the difference-maker in being able to enjoy sport or physical activity. To find a physical therapist in your area, please visit www.MoveForwardPT.com.

Sincerely,

Emilio J. Rouco
Director of Public Relations
American Physical Therapy Association

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