Ball position during overhead catch influences ACL injury risk on landing

When an athlete jumps to catch a ball overhead, the path of the ball relative to the dominant leg affects landing mechanics in ways that could increase risk of anterior cruciate ligament injury, according to research from Griffith University in Gold Coast, Australia. Investigators analyzed 25 male athletes as they landed from an overhead catch of a ball rigged to fall toward or away from each athlete’s preferred landing leg.

When an athlete jumps to catch a ball overhead, the path of the ball relative to the dominant leg affects landing mechanics in ways that could increase risk of anterior cruciate ligament injury, according to research from Griffith University in Gold Coast, Australia. Investigators analyzed 25 male athletes as they landed from an overhead catch of a ball rigged to fall toward or away from each athlete’s preferred landing leg.

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Ball position during overhead catch influences ACL injury risk on landing