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Balanced Physical Therapy  

specializes in the treatment of sports and orthopedic related injuries utilizing a hands-on approach to care.  We facilitate healing and return to activity by utilizing manual therapy, movement analysis and functional based exercise as the foundations of our treatment approach. 

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Hip Strength Predicts Non-Contact ACL Injury

There is growing consensus in the sports medicine community that hip muscle weakness is contributory to various knee injuries. For those involved in high-level competitive sports, the ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) is the most frequently ruptured ligament of the knee joint. Although risk factors for ACL tears are multifactorial, a  prospective study published by Chris Powers et al. in the American Journal of Sports Medicine reports that an athlete’s hip strength predicts future non-contact ACL injury. Non-contact ACL tears result from an athlete’s inherent movement patterns (as opposed to direct blow or contact from an external object or player) during high-velocity multidirectional sports like skiing.



1.  Khalil Khayambashi, PT, PhD, Navid Ghoddosi, MS, Rachel K. Straub, MS, CSCS,and Christopher M. Powers, PT, PhD, FACSM, FAPTA.  Hip muscle strength predicts noncontact anterior cruciate ligament injury in male and female athletes:  a prospective study.  Am J Sports Med. 44(2):355-61, 2016

2.  Hewett TE, Myer GD, Ford KR, et al. Biomechani­cal measures of neuromuscular control and val­gus loading of the knee predict anterior cruciate ligament injury risk in female athletes: a pro­spective study. Am J Sports Med. 33:492-501, 2005

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