What’s the best way to rehabilitate an ACL injury? To prevent it in the first place!
While it’s never easy to guarantee we can prevent injuries, there have been several programs designed to specifically reduce the rate of ACL injuries.
And over the years, several research studies have shown them to be effective at reducing ACL injury rates.
In this episode of the Sports Physical Therapy Podcast, I’m joined by Amy Arundale to discuss her recent paper on ACL injury prevention programs from the Journal of Orthopedic Research.
Amelia (Amy) Arundale, PT, PhD, DPT, SCS is a physical therapist and researcher. Originally from Fairbanks, Alaska, she received her Bachelor’s Degree with honors from Haverford College. Gaining both soccer playing and coaching experience throughout college, she spent a year as the William Penn Fellow and Head of Women’s Football (soccer) at the Chigwell School, in London. Amy completed her DPT at Duke University and throughout gained experience working at multiple soccer clubs in the US and Norway. Amy applied this experience working at Balance Physical Therapy providing physical therapy for the Capitol Area Soccer Club (now North Carolina F.C. Youth) and the U23 Carolina Railhawks. In 2013, Amy moved to Newark, Delaware to pursue a PhD under Dr. Lynn Snyder-Mackler. Amy’s dissertation examined primary and secondary ACL injury prevention as well as career length and return to performance in soccer players. After a short post-doc in Linköping, Sweden, Amy spent three years at the Brooklyn Nets as a physical therapist and biomechanist as well as The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Health System as a visiting scientist. Today, Amy works as a physical therapist at Red Bull’s Athlete Performance Center in Thalgau, Austria. Working with soccer players as well as athletes across Red Bull’s vast athletic disciplines, she also presents and teaches frequently on topics related to return to sport and performance, ACL rehabilitation, on-field/court rehabilitation particularly related to motor learning, and tailoring rehabilitation to the demands of an athlete. Outside of work, Amy plays Australian Rules Football for the Munich Kangaroos, the New York Magpies and the USAFL Freedom (the US National Team).