A very simple dynamic clinical test that might save a knee

Those of you who have attended my "Dynamic Athlete Assessment Protocol" seminar would be aware that I pound home the message of assessing the athlete in the environment that is most likely to injure them.

A recent paper provides us with ample evidence of this and a very simple clinical test that might just save an ACL!

Effects of foot rotation positions on knee valgus during single-leg drop landing: Implications for ACL injury risk reduction,
Teng et al, 
The Knee, Available online 20 March 2017


Non-contact anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries commonly occur when athletes land in high-risk positions such as knee valgus. The position of the foot at landing may influence the transmission of forces from the ankle to the knee. Using an experimental approach to manipulate foot rotation positions, this study aimed to provide new insights on how knee valgus during single-leg landing may be influenced by foot positions.

Simon Bartold
Director of Bartold Clinical