ACL Injury Prevention for Snowboarders

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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By Jason Lunden, DPT, SCS