Published Rates of Reinjury After ACL Reconstruction Show Need for Advanced Neuromuscular Retraining

Sue Barber-Westin

Despite advances in ACL reconstruction techniques and the use of early rehabilitation principles such as immediate knee motion and quadriceps strengthening exercises, some recent studies have reported high failure rates when patients resume athletics after surgery. This problem has been especially noted in athletes under 25 years of age who return to sports that involve jumping, pivoting, and cutting. For instance, one study2 reported that 30% of patients sustained noncontact reinjuries and tore either their ACL graft or the ...

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ACL Injuries in the Female Athletes Textbook

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Dr. Noyes has many research interests and one of the most prominent is the prevention of anterior cruciate ligament injuries in female athletes. ACL injuries can cause long-term problems in the knee joint, including the early onset of osteoarthritis. It has been evident for some time that a gender disparity exists in noncontact ACL injuries, with female athletes suffering 2 to 6 times the injury rate as male athletes in sports such as soccer and ...

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July Certification Course

Our July certification class…25 new certified instructors traveling from as far as Alaska to New York! Many of our sites have shown their ongoing commitment to the program by sending multiple staff members to get certified throughout the years. Thanks to Hulst Jepsen Physical Therapy, Therapeutic Associates, ATI Physical Therapy, Kenyon College and Inova Sports Medicine Institute. We welcome all of our new instructors and thank you for your commitment to female athlete injury prevention! See who got certified…

Fabrizio Apodaca, ...

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Sportsmetrics Course in Hilton Head

We always look forward to our annual course in Hilton Head, SC for many reasons… the weather, the beach scene, an appearance from the one and only George Davies.  There is something about palm trees and blue skies that brings out the best in everyone and this year was no exception.  Our course of 26 was filled with sports medicine healthcare professionals eager to learn and contribute to the field of injury prevention.  We welcome our 26 new certified instructors ...

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Sportsmetrics Course at LSU- Lafayette

On May 9th and 10th, we traveled to Louisiana State University- Lafayette, LA.  The course was hosted by Tiina Garrison, PhD, MS, CSCS, who has been certified with the Sportsmetrics program since March of 2008.  Tiina was kind enough to get me acquainted with local tradition on arrival including a swamp tour and introduction to the region’s friendliest gator, Sheree.  The Ragin’ Cajuns know how to welcome their visitors!  The course roster included PT’s, ATCs and coaches from the region as well ...

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Sportsmetrics Tennis Paper Published

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Objective: Tennis requires speed, agility, and explosive power. Few studies have assessed the effects of a training program in junior players who are not on an elite or national level. We evaluated the impact of a program that combined components of a knee ligament injury prevention program with other exercises to improve athletic performance indicators. We hypothesized that this program would significantly improve dynamic single-leg balance and function, correct lower limb asymmetry, ...

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Sportsmetrics April Course

On April 18-19, we certified 18 new instructors from across the country.  Healthcare professionals traveled from as far as Ottawa to become experts in knee injury prevention training.  We welcome our new certified sites and thank you for your dedication to the Sportsmetrics program!

Lindsay Aarseth, MS, ATC, NSCA-CPT:  Black Hills Surgical Hospital, Rapid City, SD

Cole Abernathy, ATR:  OSR Physical Therapy, Chanhassen, SD

Justin Bobby, DPT, CSCS:  AspireFIT, Harrisburg, PA

Ryan Cummings:  Cincinnati SportsMedicine PT Student

Jackie Esguerra:  Mercy HealthPlex, Cincinnati, OH

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Sportsmetrics March Course

On March 21-22, we certified 19 new health care professionals in Sportsmetrics training.  Our class traveled from Michigan, Nebraska, Mississippi, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana and Wyoming.  We were happy to certify 6 individuals in our own healthcare system and look forward to seeing Sportsmetrics grow throughout our community and the country.  We welcome our newly certified instructors and thank you for taking time out of your weekend to help prevent ACL injuries:

Gretchen Aberg:  Mercy HealthPlex, Cincinnati, OH

Nic Baston: ...

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Interpreting ACL Injury Prevention Program Results: Understanding Injury Incidence Rates and Athlete-Exposures

Sue Barber-Westin

Since the first publication of a knee ligament injury prevention training program appeared in the sports medicine literature for female high school athletes in 1996 – Sportsmetrics – [1], at least 50 have followed that focused on female athletes. To date, 9 of these studies have reported ACL injury rates in female athletes according to athlete-exposures. An athlete-exposure is usually defined as one athlete participating in a practice or game in which there is the possibility of sustaining an ...

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First Course to Kick Off 2015

We kicked off our 1st certification course of 2015 with 5-8 inches of snow! Remarkably all of our course participants made it safely without delays or cancellations, traveling from Pennsylvania, New York, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Minnesota and New Mexico!  Perhaps the most difficult trip came for the two traveling the shortest distance…Erich Koenig and Ashley Stanko from Dayton Children’s Hospital drove through snow and ice early Saturday morning and made it on time! Thanks to all of you for your dedication ...

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