ACL Bootcamp Injury Prevention :: Nationwide Children's Hospital

ACL Bootcamp

Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injury occurs 4 to 6 times more often in girls than boys playing the same landing and cutting sports. The elevated risk of ACL injuries in girls coupled with the 10-fold increase in high school sports participation over the past 30 years, has led to a rapid rise in ACL injuries in girls. It has also been reported that 70 percent of all ACL injuries in boys and girls occur during landing, pivoting and cutting and not from direct blows. As a result of the nature and frequency of this type of injury, ACL injury prevention programs have proven to be effective in reducing the risk of injury by teaching the proper functional skills necessary to protect the knee.

ACL Bootcamp encompasses the exercises designed to protect the knee from serious ligament injuries all too common in sports associated with jumping/landing and cutting. This program provides injury protection for the knees and lower extremities and helps lay the foundation for future athletic skill development. Exercises and activities are specifically designed to transfer proper mechanics and body control into sports-specific fundamentals. 

ACL Bootcamp is offered 2 days per week for 4-6 weeks. All participants will receive a Personal Best T-shirt and a Certificate of Completion.


  • Improve quadriceps/hamstring ratio for better dynamic stabilization
  • Improve hip strength and functional motion
  • Improve core stability

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