Sportsmetrics Press Release
For Immediate Release
Tackling an Alarming Trend
The Increasing Number of Female Athlete Knee Injuries
1 in 100 High Schools and 1 in 10 Collegiate Female Athletes
Suffer Serious Knee Injuries Every Year
Lynchburg, VA—If you are a female or have a daughter who plays sports, you should be aware of an alarming statistic – one out of every 100 high school and one out of every ten (10) collegiate female athletes will suffer a serious knee injury this year.
The Orthopaedic Center of Central Virginia Physical and Hand Therapy Clinic has become a Certified Clinical Site for Cincinnati SportsMedicine and Orthopaedic Center’s, nationally acclaimed Sportsmetrics™ program. This six (6) week program was designed to help athletes refine neuromuscular control of the lower limbs. The research conducted by Cincinnati SportsMedicine Research and Education Foundation has proven that females who participate in this jumping program are less like to suffer a serious knee injury.
Experts from around the world have asked the question “Why?” Under the direction of Frank R. Noyes, M.D., researchers at the nationally acclaimed Cincinnati SportsMedicine Research and Education Foundation have focused their efforts on neuromuscular differences between male and female athletes. Dr. Noyes states that “our findings show two differences in females. First, there is a marked imbalance of strength and power between hamstrings and quadriceps in female athletes. Women tend to depend on ligaments to protect their knee joints after a jump rather than controlling the inward or outward slack with muscles. The second difference is that females land in a more valgus, or knock-kneed, position which increases the pressure on the knee joint.”
Sportsmetrics™ training is now available in Lynchburg at The Orthopaedic Center of Central VA Physical and Hand Therapy Clinic. If you are a female or have a daughter who plays sports, this program can improve performance, increase jumping height and reduce injuries. Don’t miss out on your season! For information, call 434-485-8517!