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TSAC Report 51—Reducing the Risk of Injury

by Rod Pope PhD
TSAC Report March 2019

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This article is the first of a continuing series on practical, evidence-based approaches to reducing the risk of injury while developing tactical strength and conditioning. The focus of this article is on how to reduce non-contact ACL rupture injuries from turf and artificial fields.

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This article originally appeared in TSAC Report, the NSCA’s quarterly, online-only publication geared toward the training of tactical athletes, operators, and facilitators. It provides research-based articles, performance drills, and conditioning techniques for operational, tactical athletes. The TSAC Report is only available for NSCA Members. Read more articles from TSAC Report 

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2. Dowling, A, and Andriacchi, T. Role of shoe–surface interaction and noncontact ACL injuries. In: Noyes F, and BarberWestin, S. (Eds.), ACL Injuries in the Female Athlete. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg; 2012.

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6. Pope, R. Case report: Injury surveillance and systematic investigation identify a rubber matting hazard for ACL rupture on an obstacle course. Military Medicine 167(4): 359-362, 2002.

7. Pope, R. Rubber matting on an obstacle course causes ACL ruptures and its removal eliminates them. Military Medicine 167(4): 355-358, 2002.

8. Shimokochi, Y, and Shultz, S. Mechanisms of noncontact anterior cruciate ligament injury. Journal of Athletic Training 43(4): 396-408, 2008.

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Rod Pope is currently a Professor of Physiotherapy at Charles Sturt University and co-leads the Tactical Research Unit headquartered at Bond Universit ...

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