School of Health and Human Sciences


High Point University and UNC Greensboro, are pleased to co-host the ACL RESEARCH RETREAT IX: The Pediatric Athlete – 2022

Location and Date

Location: Congdon School of Health Sciences; High Point University, High Point NC
Date: Thursday March 17 – Saturday March 19, 2022

Meeting Information

  • Program at a glance – coming August 2021
  • Registration and Hotel Information – coming August 2021
  • Call for Abstracts – Information Here (PDF) – abstracts due December 6, 2021
  • Final Program – coming 2022


Despite current prevention efforts, the incidence of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury continues to rise annually.  Adolescent females are more likely than adolescent male athletes to injure their ACL, and this risk increases rapidly during maturation. Many adolescent females who tear their ACL do not return to their prior competitive level of sport, and those who do return are more likely than adolescent males or older age groups to suffer a second ACL injury and subsequently experience poorer health outcomes. Evidence-based screening and prevention strategies to mitigate the risk of both primary and secondary injury and to improve long-term outcomes are critically needed. Because many risk factors associated with ACL injury develop or change during physical maturation, we must better understand the maturational biopsychosocial factors that contribute to primary and secondary ACL injury and that affect both short- and long-term joint health.  

Ongoing Mission

The goal of the ACL Research Retreat is to bring together researchers and clinicians to present and discuss the most recent advances in ACL injury risk and prevention across the injury continuum. The Pediatric (pre-adolescent to adolescent) athlete will be the focus of the 2022 retreat and will cover the ACL injury risk and prevention continuum from primary ACL injury to short-term and long-term consequences (e.g., secondary injury, post traumatic osteoarthritis) that develop following the initial trauma. Proceedings from the meeting will be published in a special issue of the Journal of Athletic Training, also dedicated to ACL Injury in the Pediatric Athlete.  Our expectation is that the Retreat and the JAT Special Issue will make a valuable contribution to the existing body of literature, continue to strengthen the foundation for evidenced-based interventions, and identify critical areas for novel scientific inquiry.


The meeting will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday and run through 5:00 p.m. on Saturday. The format will feature keynote presentations by experts in the field, and podium and poster presentations of original research related to ACL injury risk and prevention in the Pediatric Athlete. Significant time is provided for group discussion following each keynote and each group of podium presentations. New to this meeting will be the opportunity for hands on labs/demonstrations.  The meeting will conclude with a consensus meeting to identify knowledge gaps and set directions for future research.

Greg Myer presenting at ACL retreat – 2019

Meeting Highlights

  • Keynote Topics and Speakers:  TBD
  • Abstract presentations of original research
  • Welcome reception Thursday Night, March 17
  • Lab tours and hands-on labs / demonstrations
  • Ample discussion time & networking opportunities
  • Consensus meeting to identify and drive critical areas for future research

Keynote Presentations

Coming Soon!

Conference Organizers and Scientific Program Committee

For More Information

Contact  Randy Schmitz or Sandy Shultz.