Sports Performance Training Program Helps Athletes Stay Injury Free

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A torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), one of the knee’s key stabilizing ligaments, can be a devastating injury. In the short term, injury to the ACL can sideline an athlete for months and often requires surgical repair. In the long term, athletes can experience knee pain and reduced activity. While such an injury can be devastating at any age, recent studies indicate that the incidence of ACL injuries in teenager is increasing steadily.

 

While not all ACL tears are preventable, a clinical report from the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that neuromuscular training programs can reduce the risk of serious injury and should be recommended to young athletes. This summer, UW Health Sports Medicine is offering a program for 12- to 18-year-old athletes to help them improve their performance and reduce their risk of injury.

 

UW Health Sports Performance Training Program begins June 16 and runs for eight weeks. During the sessions, youth athletes will work with licensed athletic trainers and strength and conditioning coaches to learn mobility, stability and control, positioning and loading, strength and power for sports, and proper techniques that have been proven to reduce the risk of lower-extremity injury. Intended for athletes in soccer, lacrosse, football and other field sports, by the end of the sessions participants will have learned to develop more power to run faster, jump higher and change directions with speed.

 

In the following video demonstration, teen athletes demonstrate a series of ACL warm-up exercises, similar to what participants will use in class: