Women’s soccer is considered a high-risk sport for lower extremity, non-contact musculoskeletal injuries. Research shows that athletes at the highest risk of injury are those with the highest number of athletic exposures. Yet, athletes with the highest athletic exposure―those who participate in practice and games more frequently―tend to be the better athletes. Therefore, if we can reduce injury rates and days on the injured reserve, we should be able to ensure that better players can play more, adding to the team’s overall seasonal performance.
In the three years leading up to the study, the Samford women’s soccer program suffered eight ACL injuries. Many were occurring in non-contact situations, and they were looking to take a more proactive approach to injury prevention for the 2017-18 season.