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Effectively preventing anterior cruciate ligament injuries is a critical focus of sports medicine. ACL injuries often require surgery, followed by an extensive period of rehabilitation; there are high rates of re-injury to the ACL, which keeps the knee stable; and ACL injuries often lead to early development of osteoarthritis.
Recent studies have determined significant risk factors for ACL injury, and suggest that exercise-based interventions help prevent such injury, but pressing questions remain.
Lindsay DiStefano, an assistant professor of kinesiology in the Neag School of Education and a principal investigator at the Center for Health, Intervention, and Prevention (CHIP), is studying the effectiveness of a lower-extremity injury prevention intervention in a high-risk population – nearly 1,200 incoming U.S. Military Academy cadets.