Friday, May 3, 2013

Athletes: Stay in the Game This Summer by Preventing Injury

Each year, 1 in 100 female athletes injure their knee. Injuries commonly occur to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), which helps to keep the knee joint in place.

If your ACL is injured, you could be away from your sport for up to 6 months as you undergo physical therapy or surgery, depending on the severity of your injury.

"Some sports have a higher risk of ACL tears, including soccer, lacrosse, basketball, and volleyball," says Athleticare physical therapist Kira Kremer, who is certified in ACL injury prevention.

In most cases, ACL injuries are caused by changing direction, slowing down while running or landing after a jump.

To keep athletes on the field, Catholic Health’s AthletiCare is hosting two summer camps that can teach you to prevent injury, or if you’re currently recovering from an ACL injury, ease your recovery.

"It’s a great transition from physical therapy to return to play,” says Kira.

Camp Activities

Over the course of six weeks, you’ll learn skills to help you avoid ACL injuries and will receive training in:
  • Plyometrics, a program that focuses on jumping techniques to prevent injury and develop muscle control and strength
  • Strength
  • Agility
  • Flexibility

With feedback from instructors, you’ll also improve your speed, endurance, stability and balance.

The camp meets twice each week for 90-minute sessions.

Who Will Benefit

The program is designed for individual athletes, and participants generally range in age from 15 years old to 25 years old. However, both younger and older athletes have participated.

Sports teams can be accommodated by request. If your entire team is participating, instructors can tailor programs to the specific needs of your sport.

Register by May 7th for the First Session

Camps will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, first at Hilbert College in Hamburg from May 14 and June 20 and then at Villa Maria College in Buffalo from June 25 to August 1.

Registration for the first camp is due by May 7, 2013; registration for the second is due by June 18, 2013.

Click here to register.

Don’t let an ACL injury take you out of your favorite sport. Attend an ACL Injury and Performance Enhancement camp to reduce your risk and take your sports skills to the next level.

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