Plyometrics: How they benefit ACL injuries in O’Fallon, MO

Plyometrics Benefits for ACL Injuries

There are many types of physical therapy that can help people with ACL injuries. One type that you may not have heard of before is plyometrics.

At Excel Sports and Physical Therapy, we’re experts in using plyometrics to help treat ACL injuries. For more than 34 years, our team has offered personalized treatment plans for our patients. In addition to our traditional physical therapy services, we offer plyometrics to help regain strength and flexibility after an injury.

How plyometrics may benefit ACL injuries

Plyometrics are jumping or hopping exercises that can take many forms. This type of therapy is also known as jump training. In fact, the hopping, skipping and jumping you may have done as a kid is similar to the types of exercises that make up plyometrics. For adults, these exercises take slightly different forms. Some of the exercises that fall into the category of plyometrics include movements like jumping onto boxes, hopping side-to-side over a line or doing jump squats. 

The key to plyometrics is the explosive movement of these exercises. It’s this explosiveness that allows plyometric exercises to both strengthen and stretch your ACL-supporting muscles at the same time.

In addition to strengthening and stretching the muscles that support your ACL, there are other benefits to using plyometrics in your therapy, such as:

  • Improving your balance
  • Increasing your agility
  • Reducing your risk of re-injuring your ACL
  • Lowering your chances of developing osteoarthritis after ACL surgery

While it’s clear that plyometrics can be beneficial for your ACL treatment, there’s one benefit that this therapy may offer that stands head and shoulders above all the others. This benefit is that plyometrics may help you to get back to a normal quality of life more rapidly.

Are you ready to start using plyometrics to recover from your ACL injury? If you are, our Excel Sports and Physical Therapy team can help. Just contact our 2982 Highway K location in O’Fallon, Missouri today to schedule your appointment.