The Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Research team is making new discoveries in biomechanics to prevent and treat common sports injuries, especially injuries to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). Some current areas of research interest include:

  • Clinical, functional and biomechanical screening of high school, collegiate, and Olympic and professional-level athletes
  • Identification of athletes at high risk of primary and secondary anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury
  • Neuromuscular intervention targeted to mechanisms of ACL load in female athletes
  • Prevention of secondary ACL injuries
  • Neural mechanisms of ACL injury and rehabilitation
  • Protective effect of ACL reconstruction in preventing symptomatic arthritis and symptomatic meniscal tears
  • Models of ACL injuries in deceased donor specimens
  • Shear wave elastography of muscular and ligamentous structures in deceased donor specimens
  • Lower extremity proprioception

Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine uses a team approach to sports injury research and ACL injuries are no exception. Research on the rate of ACL injuries shows how mechanisms, screening, intervention and prevention provide optimal care and results for athletes.


Review research publications in orthopedic biomechanics by Mayo Clinic sports medicine researchers.