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There are a number of factors that influence the risk of ACL injury. While some factors are out of your control there are many things you can do to decrease your risk of an ACL injury. Strengthening the muscles surrounding the ACL as well as working to improve sport-specific techniques like jumping, landing, or change of direction will lower your risk of an ACL injury.

Below, watch Zacharie answer the questions "am I at risk of tearing my ACL?" and "how do I prevent an ACL injury?". The video also details things you can do to reduce your risk of injury.

Read the full blog that discusses risk of tearing your ACL and how you can prevent an ACL injury and re-injury here.

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The Curovate app has rehab protocols for ACL injury. Download our Curovate physical therapy app from the links below. Curovate is an app for at-home physical therapy exercises following a knee replacement, ACL surgery, ACL injury or hip replacement. Curovate also provides daily video guided strengthening exercises, the ability to measure knee range of motion, in-app chat with a physical therapist to answer your surgery and recovery questions, and educational blogs and webinars.

If you need further customized assistance during your ACL recovery check out our Virtual Physical Therapy page to book your 1-on-1 video session with a physical therapist.

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