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Sportsmetrics™ Returns to Ridgefield High School, Summer 2013



Fri, May 31st, 2013

Sportsmetrics™ Prevents Injuries for Young Female Athletes.

Summer program presented by Ridgefield Physical Therapy and The Sports Medicine Center at Danbury Orthopedics

Hard-playing adults aren’t the only athletes at risk for ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) injuries. Young athletes are also at risk, and young female athletes even more so.

In fact, female athletes are 6-8 times more likely than their male counterparts to sustain a serious knee injury in non-contact sports.

While school athletics are wonderful for building skills, confidence and teamwork, parents are rightly concerned about the safety of their children. In recent years, a series of high profile injuries have put more emphasis than ever on building safe practices into school sports.

In support of this national trend, Ridgefield Physical Therapy and the Sports Medicine Center at Danbury Orthopedics have joined together to present the Sportsmetrics™ solution. Sportsmetrics™ USA is a highly effective program designed to train young female athletes in safe sport techniques. Adopted by schools nationwide, it has been scientifically proven to decrease the risk of a knee injury.

This summer marks the fifth year that Sportsmetrics™ will be offered at Ridgefield High School. The sports medicine specialists at Danbury Orthopedics and Ridgefield Physical Therapy believe this program is so important, they are offering it free for female students at RHS.

The 6-week strength and agility program will be directed by certified Sportsmetrics™ trainer Kate Campbell, Doctor of Physical Therapy. The program focuses specifically on preventing the ACL injuries that statistically affect one in every 100 US female high school athletes. This serious knee injury occurs in sports that involve jumping, landing and pivoting.

“Females have a much higher risk than males of tearing the Anterior Cruciate Ligament because of the way they land from a jump, or the way they ‘cut’ when running,” says Dr. Campbell. “Our program teaches proper jumping and landing technique. We improve our athletes’ strength, speed and agility to help combat their significantly higher risk of ACL injury.”

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

Sports Medicine Specialist, Dr. Michael Brand, works with Dr. Campbell on this program. “Although advances in reconstructive knee surgery have improved outcomes following ACL reconstruction and allow most athletes to return to their pre injury activities,” says Dr. Brand, “there is no question that there still are long term difficulties that can be encountered following successful surgery. Prevention of these injuries should be the goal of all physicians treating athletes. Danbury Orthopedics Sports Medicine team is glad to be a part of this program,” he adds.

The sports medicine specialists at Ridgefield Physical Therapy and Danbury Orthopedics suggest all female athletes from 8th – 12th grades should take advantage of Sportsmetrics™ training to lower their risk of injury. It can mean the difference between a season of pain versus gain, and a lifetime of superior athletic performance.

When? Tuesdays/Thursdays 4:30pm – 6:00pm starting June 25th to August 1st

Where? RHS Tiger Hollow Stadium

How? Reserve a spot by completing the Consent Form and mail or bring it to Ridgefield Physical Therapy, 66 Grove Street, Suite A, by June 11th . For more information call Ridgefield Physical Therapy at 203-438-1898.

Cost? Sportsmetrics™ is FREE to Ridgefield High School students; non-RHS students pay just $100 for the entire program. A check made out to Ridgefield Physical Therapy is due at signup to hold a spot for non-RHS students.

About Ridgefield Physical Therapy

For more than 10 years, Ridgefield Physical Therapy has been providing Ridgefield and its surrounding communities with the highest level of rehabilitative care with the goals of preventing, diagnosing and treating movement dysfunctions, and promoting physical health and improved daily function.  Services include physical therapy, hand therapy, orthopedic care, post-surgical, prescription and non-prescriptive care, sports specific training and massage therapy. Ridgefield Physical Therapy is located at 66 Grove Street, Suite A, in Ridgefield, CT.  For more information or to make an appointment, call 203.438.1898 or visit their website at ridgefiedlphysicaltherapy.com.

To learn more about the Sports Medicine Center at Danbury Orthopedics, visit www.dortho.com.

Today’s good athletes can become tomorrow’s great athletes when they learn how to run faster, react quicker, jump higher and prevent injuries.

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