Serious knee injuries are sidelining athletes at an alarming rate, with over 100,000 anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries occurring in the United States each year. Most of these injuries are non-contact injuries occurring in sports, such as soccer, basketball, and volleyball, that involve pivoting, cutting, or jumping. Over a decade ago, the physicians at Cincinnati SportsMedicine and Orthopaedic Center recognized the need for prevention programs for female athletes to address these serious knee injuries. In conjunction with the findings by Cincinnati SportsMedicine, the NCAA stated that "prevention programs designed to increase neuromuscular control, improve balance, and teach avoidance strategies for at-risk situations appear to be effective in decreasing injury rates."
Created under the direction of internationally-renowned orthopaedic sports medicine surgeon, Frank R. Noyes, MD, Sportsmetrics™ is the first and only training program scientifically proven to decrease knee injuries in female athletes. It is a six-week jump training program that meets three times per week on alternating days and is comprised of a dynamic warm-up, jump/plyometric drills, strength training, and flexibility exercises.Sportsmetrics™ has been proven to:
- Reduce the risk of serious knee injury
- Increase vertical jump height by an average of 10%
- Improve hamstrings to quadriceps strength and symmetry in right-to-left leg power
- Improve landing mechanics and reduce side-to-side movements at the knee
- Your clinicians, a Physical TherapyAssistant/Certified Athletic Trainer, and a Physical Therapist are certified by Cincinnati Sports Medicine as Certified Sportsmetrics Trainers. Athletes are supervised throughout every session, from the warm up to the concluding stretches. Student-to-trainer ratios are no higher than 6 to 1, so each athlete receives individualized recommendations and attention based upon the results of the Sports Injury Test.
- Each athlete has a training log to chart training progress and also receives the Sports Injury Test Report, both pre-training and post-training, to see improvement.
- Knee ligament injury rates are 2-10 times higher in female athletes than in male athletes
- A torn ACL can sideline an athlete for 6-12 months
- Get screened for injury risks! Our Sports Injury Test evaluates strength, function, flexibility, and body mechanics.
- Get involved in a training program tailored to correct deficiencies noted in testing. Cincinnati SportsMedicine Research and Education Foundation’s research has shown that Sportsmetrics™ training not only increases muscular power and jump height, but also decreases impact forces at the knee.
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