Available in 2019: Return to Sport After ACL Reconstruction Textbook

Available in 2019: Return to Sport After ACL Reconstruction and Other Knee Operations: Limiting the Risk of Reinjury and Maximizing Athletic Performance textbook.

Dr. Noyes and Sue Barber-Westin, along with over 15 guest contributors, are preparing a new textbook, Return to Sport After ACL Reconstruction and Other Knee Operations: Limiting the Risk of Reinjury and Maximizing Athletic Performance textbook.

Nearly a million anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries occur each year worldwide, most of which are sustained by young athletes. The ability to return patients back to sports safely and without subsequent problems is paramount. Return to play has become the subject of increased scrutiny as a result of high reinjury rates that have been reported, as well as disappointing percentages of athletes who returned to sports even though normal or very good knee function was restored. This unique textbook focuses on return to play after ACL and other knee operations and discusses:

Common barriers to return to play, including physical, psychological, psychosocial, and neurocognitive problems.

Return to play decision-based models and the roles of the orthopaedic surgeon and team physician.

The complete spectrum of optimal treatment for ACL injuries, including preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative rehabilitation.

Advanced training concepts such as neuromuscular retraining, work load intensity, external focus, and visual-motor training concepts.

Objective testing for knee function, neurocognitive function, and cardiovascular fitness

Identification and management of psychological issues including fear and depression in the athlete.

Return to play considerations after meniscus surgery, patellofemoral realignment, articular cartilage procedures, and knee arthroplasty.

November Certification Course

Our last course of 2018 was held on November 3-4 and included 23 healthcare professionals traveling from various parts of the US to Cincinnati to become experts in Sportsmetrics.  We welcome our new Certified Sportsmetrics Specialists and thank you for your commitment to keeping our young athletes safe from serious knee injuries!

  • Caroline Bourcier, MSPT:  The Aspen Clinic, Glenwood Springs, CO
  • Nathanael Carlson, PT, DPT, Cert MDT: Spectrum Health, Grand Haven, MI
  • Te Carr, ATC:  Dayton Children’s Hospital, Dayton, OH
  • Todd Castonguay, PT:  OA Centers for Orthopaedics, Saco, ME
  • Lynn Dettinger, PTA:  Renew Physical Therapy, Seattle, WA
  • Motaz Ebeido, PT, DPT:  Hands of Hope PT, PC, Brooklyn, NY
  • Sharine Estaris, DPT:  Symmetry Physical Therapy, Pelham, NY
  • Jamie Holt, PT, MPT, SCS, CSCS:  Holt Physical Therapy & Performance Training, Raleigh, NC
  • Ahmed Ibrahim, DPT:  Hands of Hope PT, PC, Brooklyn, NY
  • Jennifer Iverson, PT, MPT, OCS:  Sanford Health- South Pointe Clinic, Fargo, ND
  • Ian Kirk, PT:  Orthopedic Specialists & Sports Medicine, Newark, OH
  • Kelsey Lewis, PT, DPT:  Orthopaedic Specialists & Sports Medicine, Newark, OH
  • Carley Lisak, MS, ATC, CSCS:  Bronson Sports Medicine Perfromance Training, Kalamazoo, MI
  • Steven Mistretta, DPT:  Gulf Coast Orthopedics Physical Therapy, Houma, LA
  • Elizabeth Monsen, SPT:  Mercy Health, Cincinnati, OH
  • Philipp Piltz-Thurman, MA-Psych, CSCS, ACE-CPT:  PT Sports Psych, New York, NY
  • Erin Robinson, ATC:  Mercy Health, Cincinnati, OH
  • Victoria Stolmer, SPT: Mercy Health, Cincinnati, OH
  • Theodore Tash, PT:  Mercy Hospital- Jefferson, Festus, MO
  • Carol Thomas, CPT, CES, PES:  Breakaway Sports & Fitness, Dallas, TX
  • Zahra Young, DPT:  Renew Physical Therapy, Seattle, WA
  • Basma Zewar, DPT:  Hands of Hope PT, PC, Brooklyn, NY
  • Ashley Zimmerman, PTA:  Fulton County Medical Center, McConnellsburg, PA

Sportsmetrics Master Level Certification Course

We are excited to introduce the Sportsmetrics Master Level Certification Course! Available only to previously certified Sportsmetrics trainers, the course was developed to introduce the Advanced Sportsmetrics program, go more in-depth on newer research in ACL injury prevention and rehabilitation and provide a refresher for our certified sites. On Friday, November 10th, we held the first course. Our team enjoyed seeing familiar faces and obtaining valuable feedback from our most dedicated sites. Thanks to our FIRST group of LEVEL II CERTIFIED SPORTSMETRICS SPECIALISTS (CSMS- Level II):

-Dayton Children’s Hospital, Dayton, OH: Colin Hoke PTA, Natalie Morris PTA, Makena Warner ATC

-Rochester Regional Health, Batavia, NY: Lisa Lavrey DPT, CLT

-SERC Physical Therapy, Kansas City, MO: Jessica Mitchell ATC

-Spectrum Health, Grand Rapids, MI: Danielle Baldwin ATC, Sarah Carpenter ATC, CSCS, Heather Molnar ATC, Emily Pearson ATC, CSCS

-St. Alphonsus Sports Medicine, Boise, ID: Katie Helm ATC

Stay tuned for future dates!

2018 AAOS Poster Presentation

On March 6-10, 2018, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons held their annual meeting in New Orleans with over 30,00o orthopaedic professionals from around the world in attendance. Three of Dr. Noyes’ current studies were accepted by AAOS and presented at this year’s meeting.  AAOS chose to feature one of the studies, “Which Anterior Cruciate Ligament Prevention Programs Are Effective in Decreasing Injury Rates and Improving Neuromuscular Indices in Female Athletes?”, to be released to the press as one of the major scientific advancements highlighted at the meeting. The study reviewed 36 published ACL prevention training programs to determine which programs are scientifically proven to improve neuromuscular indices and reduce noncontact ACL injury rates in female athletes.

The study found 3 programs (Sportsmetrics1, PEP2, and Myer3,4) that had a significant impact in improving multiple neuromuscular indices including vertical ground reaction forces, knee joint angles, hip and knee moments and lower extremity muscle strength.  Three programs were found to be effective in significantly reducing noncontact ACL injury rates:   Sportsmetrics5, PEP2, and KIPP6.

Overall, only 2 programs (Sportsmetrics and PEP) had a significant impact on both noncontact ACL injury rates and high-risk movement patterns in female athletes.   Successful training programs included the following concepts:  dynamic warm-up, supervised plyometrics, lower extremity and core strength training, supervised agility training and a minimum 6 week training period.

Dr. Noyes and his team of researchers at Noyes Knee Institute have studied the effects of Sportsmetrics for over 20 years.  The program has been scientifically proven to significantly improve lower extremity muscle strength and imbalances, decreased valgus knee moments, improved lower limb alignment, and increased knee flexion angles.  The program is also successful in decreasing ACL injuries in female athletes who complete the program by 72%.

Read the AAOS Press Release here.

  1. Noyes FR, Barber-Westin SD: ACL injury prevention training in female athletes. A systematic review of injury reduction and results of athletic performance tests. Sports Health 4: 36-46, 2012.
  2. Mandelbaum BR et al. Effectiveness of a neuromuscular and proprioceptive training program in preventing anterior cruciate ligament injuries in female athletes: 2-year follow-up. Am J Sports Med. 2005;33(7):1003-1010.
  3. Myer GD, Ford KR, Brent JL, Hewett TE. The effects of plyometric vs. dynamic stabilization and balance training on power, balance, and landing force in female athletes. J Strength Cond Res. 2006;20(2):345-353.
  4. Myer GD, Stroube BW, DiCesare CA, et al. Augmented feedback supports skill transfer and reduces high-risk injury landing mechanics: a double-blind, randomized controlled laboratory study. Am J Sports Med. 2013;41(3):669-677.
  5. Noyes FR, Barber-Westin SD. Neuromuscular retraining intervention programs: do they reduce noncontact anterior cruciate ligament injury rates in adolescent female athletes? Arthroscopy. 2014;30(2):245-255.
  6. Labella CR et al. Effect of Neuromuscular Warm-up on Injuries in Female Soccer and Basketball Athletes in Urban Public High Schools: Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2011;165(11):1033-1040.


Sportsmetrics Certifies 16 in Laramie, WY

Sportsmetrics traveled to beautiful Laramie, WY on April 8-9 to certify 16 new instructors.  Thank you Premier Bone & Joint Center for hosting a wonderful course! It was a pleasure working with you and we look forward to working with all in attendance to get the program started in your communities!  We welcome our new instructors from PBJC, Gillette PT, Sedgwick County Health Center, Fremont Therapy Group, High Plains PT, and Benchmark PT.

Sportsmetrics Certifies 14 New Instructors

Its been a busy Spring for Sportsmetrics Certification courses as we add 14 new instructors to the group.  We would like to welcome and thank you for your dedication and commitment to ACL injury prevention!

Ryan Butler, ATC:  Dayton Children’s Hospital, Dayton, OH

Sarah Carpenter, ATC, CSCS:  Fremont High School, Fremont, MI

Linda Duong, DPT:  Vista Physical Therapy, Frisco, TX

Paola Garcia Veizaga, DPT:  Inova Fair Oaks PT, Fairfax, VA

Mason Horne, SPT:  Albany, NY

Amanda Jackson, ATC: Sports Zone- Center for Orthopedic Surgery, Lubbock, TX

Jacob Landers, DPT:  Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation, Dallas, TX

Justin-Allen Mendoza, DPT:  ATI Physical Therapy, Richardson, TX

Shannon Sirois, PT:  Spectrum Medical Group, South Portland, ME

Edward Soldevilla, PT:  ATI Physical Therapy, Irving, TX

Timothy Spoleti, PTA:  Dayton Children’s Hospital, Springboro, OH

Jeffrey Thibodeau, PT:  Spectrum Medical Group, South Portland, ME

Lynn Wolz, ATC:  Mercy Health, Cincinnati, OH

Moegi Yamaguchi, AT:  Mercy Health, Cincinnati, OH


Sportsmetrics Course Hosted at Premier Bone & Joint Centers, Laramie, WY

Dates: April 8-9, 2017

Register Now

Instructors Stephanie Tutalo Smith, MS and Tommy Campbell, BA

Cost: $850 ($740- Sportsmetrics Course Tuition, $110- Host fees)


Premier Bone & Joint Centers
1909 Vista Dr.
Laramie, WY  82072

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