Non-contact anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears are injuries that are associated with twisting or pivoting on a leg when the foot is planted on a surface. They occur without external force on the body. An ACL tear is a serious injury that can often end the season for an athlete. The literature supports that many athletes are at increased risk, especially in youth sports, due to lower extremity and core weakness along with decreased balance from poor dynamic mechanics and posture. Any athlete can reduce the odds of an ACL tear with a good program that will improve static and dynamic stability, and ultimately reduce the risk of other injuries as well.
Paula Webster graduated in 1998 in the field of physical therapy from the University of Hartford. She also holds a certification in strength and Conditioning. Since graduation her clinical experience includes general orthopedics, sports medicine, adolescent strength training and adolescent spinal dysfunction. She is the founder of the Six Degrees of Freedom program for children with adolescent spinal deformities.