What is the Structure of the Program?
The Classic Course and Snow Course include education and exercise so the student learns to understand their movement, discovering weaknesses or imbalances, and turning them into strengths that protect them from injury. The exercise portion of the courses contain modules that progress each week to guide the member as they get stronger. Each module includes a new routine of exercises and we encourage members to spend about 1 week on each module, repeating it 3 times before moving on. Follow the instructions (video, written, and images).
Each routine includes a Dynamic warm-up followed by 4 neuromuscular training exercises, then wrapping up with a stretching routine. The complete module takes about 20 minutes and targets strength, balance, landing mechanics, agility, and flexibility, which are key components for protecting the knees and reducing the risk of ACL injury.
What are the results of the program?
Over 3000 members have enrolled in ACL Strong. In 2022, we documented a reduction in knee injuries by 62% and up to 70% for ACL injuries compared to statistical averages, with our ski area participants. We are hoping to carry-out a formal research study given the overwhelmingly positive results with our pilot data in the first 5 years.
I wish we could prevent every single injury, but there are too many variables involved. The best thing you can do is control the variables that you CAN control (your neuromuscular control, strength, balance, body awareness, and flexibility) with a step-by-step process.
We have received excellent feedback from participants, coaches, and directors, with 99% of members reporting that ACL Strong was beneficial for them. Participants say they “feel stronger”, they feel like they “are moving better”, and they have “less pain” than they used to. We have groups returning each year to perform the training so they are stronger and more resilient going into their sport. We have been very pleased with the results and are committed to always improving the program to benefit our members.
How Long will I have access to the program?
You will have LIFETIME ACCESS to your courses in almost all cases!
If you join ACL Strong with a Group (i.e. Ski Area Program, soccer team, basketball club, etc), your membership is valid for the season or up to one year. The structure of our group program renews annually. You should plan to repeat the training every year.
All members have an option to upgrade to the Elite Membership to get access to more courses, resources, and support. We want to continue helping you long-term if this training style works for you! We want to help you have a realistic long-term maintenance program so you can say goodbye to “bad knees” and be as active or competitive as you want, for as long as you want!
What is the Age recommendation?
Experts recommend that ALL athletes in high risk sports (soccer, basketball, football, lacrosse, snow-skiing, etc) SHOULD be participating in an injury prevention program with neuromuscular training for a minimum of 4-6 weeks.
Most ACL injuries happen to female athletes between 12-17 years old, so we definitely need to be doing this during those years. However, it has also been shown that introducing these concepts to younger children (9-11 years old) can be very effective in establishing better movement patterns before they hit a growth spurt, become less in control of their bodies, and reach the high-risk window.
We have had athletes between 10 and 85 years old enroll in ACL Strong and get a ton of value out of it. We’ve had coaches implement this at practice for 10 and 11 year olds with great success. We’ve had ski resorts implement this at morning meetings and during on-snow warm-ups to get their team more prepared for the day.
Is the program online?
YES. You will have an online account with a unique username and password. You will also be able to download the app for quick, easy access (Only accessible for those who purchase on this site, not through PSIA-AASI).
An introductory module explains exactly what to expect and how to use the program. Participants learn about knee movement and safety, what the ACL is, how it gets injured, and how to use good form during the exercises.
Next, you will be ready to begin the exercise portion of the training. The exercises are instructed in detail using video, text, and images. There are modifications to increase or decrease intensity as appropriate.
Participants may keep track of their progress by taking notes. We communicate throughout the course to offer tons of support opportunities.
All participants are encouraged to join our private Facebook group to be a part of our amazing community.
How do teams or groups join?
To register a group of any size, please email for a quote firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once we discuss and figure out the best plan for your group, we will send an invoice and schedule a launch date. We will provide you with a coupon code and registration link for your group members to get started for free. They will have immediate access to the online program.
Email email@example.com or Contact Us with the group form!
I am a PSIA-AASI Member who already joined, how do I access my course?
Great! Your ACL Strong course will be available to you on the PSIA-AASI LMS site, which is https://lms.thesnowpros.org
You need to be logged in to access ACL Strong.
Click Here for a tutorial showing you how to get there.
Is there any research to support this program for the ski industry?
Absolutely. ACL Strong was developed based on the research that is available at this time. We know and believe that injury prevention programs are effective in a variety of sports. We design our programs to be sport-specific and following the same principles supported by evidence on neuromuscular training.
To learn more about the research references in the ski industry and how ACL Strong can help reduce employee injuries and provide a return on investment, click here.