NPHS Lady Wolfpack: Physical Therapy Info

Friday, March 12
Physical Therapy and Injury Prevention

Marcy Smith, ATC Certified Athletic Trainer



NPHS Women’s Soccer ACL Injury Prevention Program   

Athletes can reduce their risk of ACL injuries by performing training drills that require balance, power and agility. Adding plyometric exercises, such as jumping, and balance drills helps improve neuromuscular conditioning and muscular reactions and ultimately shows a decrease in the risk of ACL injury. Many team physicians now routinely recommend an ACL conditioning program, especially for their female players.

The Santa Monica ACL Prevention Project developed an ACL Injury Prevention Program specifically for female soccer players. This 15-minute training program incorporates balance, agility and performance drills into the warm up phase of training and practice.

The following Phases of the ACL Injury Prevention Program will be incorporated into our pre season conditioning and in season training.   The phases include:

  1. Warm Up
  2. Stretching
  3. Strengthening
  4.  Plyometrics
  5. Agility Drills
  6. Cool Down

It is highly recommended players take ownership for their own ACL injury prevention.  Players are encouraged to add this 15 min. program to their year round fitness regiment 2-3 times per week. 

The Bottom Line for ACL Injury Prevention:
Soccer is a start and stop sport, a specific appropriate skills training program may be the key to staying injury free.  Our NPHS Women’s Soccer Program will place a strong emphasis on working to prevent this type of injury.



Handout: ACL Exercise Sheets