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Sportsmetrics Training Summer 2012



Tue, Jun 5th, 2012

Sportsmetrics, an ACL injury prevention program designed specifically for high school age female athletes, will be returning to Ridgefield High School for its 4th season.  The program, which runs from June 26th to August 23rd, teaches jumping and landing technique, strengthening and balance to help females combat their significantly higher risk of knee injuries.

1 in 100 US female high school athletes will suffer a serious knee injury. In sports involving cutting, jumping, landing and pivoting the risk of tearing the Anterior Cruciate Ligament becomes 2-10 times higher in female athletes than in male athletes.  "It's the way females land from a jump, or the way they cut when running" say Kate Campbell, a physical therapist and Director of the Sportsmetrics program. "Females don't have the strength to get into the right position like males do.  We teach young women how to jump and land properly, and that's what makes the difference."

Past Sportsmetrics programs conducted at RHS have provided positive results for participants.  Almost 100 girls have attended the program and not one has suffered a non-contact ACL tear from sports.  In addition, biomechanical testing performed before and after the program has shown a 38% reduction in the number of athletes considered at "high risk" for major knee injury (as determined by knee position on landing).

"Even participants who were unable to move out of the "high risk" category saw incremental improvements," reports Campbell.  "Athletes at "high risk" saw significant improvement of their before and after scores, increasing the odds they avoid catastrophic injury."

The summer 2012 Sportsmetrics program will take place twice weekly at Ridgefield High School.  For details on how to sign up, please follow the Sportsmetrics Informed Consent link found in the resources section of the website, under useful links.  For more information, contact Ridgefield Physical Therapy at 203-438-1898.

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