12 Jan 30 Days of Training Female Athletes, Day 28: Quadriceps Strength for ACL Injury Reduction
There’s a lot of talk out there on building the hamstrings and gluteals to prevent ACL injury in young female athletes.
While these are important muscle groups to attack in the gym and load with the iron, we have to still continue to build quadriceps strength, mainly, single leg strength. The quadriceps help the knee to absorb force and maintain better dynamic joint stabilization when decelerating (or “pumping the brakes”) for a rapid change of direction.
Here is one of my favorite single leg strength movements that helps with building muscle the VMO, as well as stability of the trunk:
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