Free ACL injury prevention course available from NFHS

January 18, 2019 / CoachingSports Medicine
A new online education course regarding ACL injury prevention is now available on the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Learning Center, thanks to a partnership between the NFHS and Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS).

ACL Injury Prevention course from NFHSThe “ACL Injury Prevention” course is part of a sponsorship agreement between the NFHS and the NFHS Network, and HSS, the leading orthopedic hospital in the United States located in New York City. HSS is ranked No. 1 in orthopedics for the ninth consecutive year in 2018-19 by U.S. News & World Report. The course is available free of charge on the NFHS Learning Center at

While the course is designed to help coaches reduce the risk of ACL injuries to their student-athletes, it can be beneficial for administrators, students, parents and others as well. The course deals with the causes of ACL injuries, how to identify and correct movement deficiencies that can lead to these injuries, and how to effectively lead a neurodynamic warm-up before practices and games.

Through the partnership, the NFHS and HSS hope to build a program that delivers national awareness around ACL injury prevention and related sports safety information.

“We appreciate the work of the experts at Hospital for Special Surgery to provide this tremendous resource for high school students, parents, coaches and administrators,” said Karissa Niehoff, NFHS executive director. “These type of knee injuries can sideline athletes for long periods of time, so the availability of prevention strategies will be a tremendous resource for everyone involved in high school sports.”

As a part of the agreement, the NFHS Network will promote the ACL course throughout the year during the expected 100,000 events that will be streamed during the 2018-19 school year at The NFHS Network, a joint venture between the NFHS and its member state associations, and PlayOn! Sports, is in its sixth year of streaming high school sports and activities through its first-of-its-kind, all-digital network.

Since its founding in 2007, the NFHS Learning Center has delivered almost eight million online education courses. The Coach Education Program started with two courses – Fundamentals of Coaching and First Aid for Coaches – and now boasts 65, including 31 that are available free of charge.

In addition to 16 sport-specific courses for coaches, the Learning Center offers eight sport-specific officiating courses, as well as Teaching Sports Skills and AACCA Spirit Safety Certification. In addition to the ACL Injury Prevention course, some of the other new free offerings are Protecting Students from Abuse, Understanding Copyright and Compliance, and Adjudicating Speech and Debate.

The most popular course has been the Concussion in Sports course with four million courses delivered. Other popular free courses are Heat Illness Prevention, Sportsmanship, Sudden Cardiac Arrest, and Bullying, Hazing and Inappropriate Behaviors.

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