ACL Injury Prevention for Snowboarders

By Jason Lunden, DPT, SCS

Knee injuries, more specifically Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) tears, are much less common in snowboarding than in alpine skiing.  However, an ACL injury is a season-ending injury and the most common injury requiring surgery in snowboarding.  ACL injuries are more prevalent in advanced/expert level snowboarders and are most often the result of a fall after a jump.  The mechanism of injury for ACL tears in snowboarding is different from alpine skiing.  ACL tears in snowboarding are thought to be due to a “quadriceps induced” injury, where there is an imbalance between the quadriceps and hamstrings.  This can occur when you land flat off of a jump without much of a bend in the knee.  Therefore, properly scoping out the landing before hitting a jump or a cliff, as well as adding hamstring strengthening to your dry-land training can go a long ways in preventing ACL injuries in snowboarding.  Additionally, undergoing jump and landing retraining with a licensed physical therapist can further prevent injury.

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