Late-breaking ACL data raise questions about use of landing-based screening

By Jordana Bieze Foster A presenter from Norway gave IOC conference attendees a sneak peek at his group’s latest findings and generated considerable discussion by suggesting that many aspects of drop-landing mechanics are not predictive of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury in elite female athletes. Eirik Kristianslund, MD, a researcher at the Oslo Sports Trauma Research Center, presented the results not as part of a Free Communications session, but as part of a symposium on screening for ACL injury using drop-jump tasks. Kristianslund and colleagues analyzed landing mechanics in 708 elite female handball and soccer athletes (mean age, 21 years) as they performed a drop jump from a 30-cm height, followed by a maximum-height jump after landing.

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Late-breaking ACL data raise questions about use of landing-based screening

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