EDGE Sports Enhancement and Injury Prevention Program
Knee injuries are a common occurrence in athletics. Patellofemoral pain syndrome (pain around the knee cap), Illiotibial band syndrome (pain on the outside of the knee), and anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears are common injuries that occur in athletics. The thing about these injuries is that their occurrence rates can be greatly reduced and many times they are preventable.
As an Athletic Trainer I am on the front lines for evaluating and treating these injuries. When athletes come to the athletic training room with signs and symptoms of patellofemoral pain syndrome or iliotibial band syndrome the initial treatment is to ice the involved area, stretch the surrounding musculature, and decreasing impact activities on the lower extremities. It is also necessary to address the underlying cause for these conditions occurring in the first place. Quite frequently, especially in younger athletes, strength imbalances and weakness can be found in the hips and core that contribute to faulty movement patterns that lead to excessive stress on the knees. These faulty movement patterns are also a common contributor to noncontact related ACL tears (which the majority of ACL injuries are) that occur during athletics. Addressing hip and core muscle imbalances and weaknesses is something that takes time and is best done during an athlete’s non-competitive season or offseason.
Physical Therapists at Physical Therapy Consultants, Inc. have taken their expertise and have created the EDGE (Enhance, Dominate, Grow, Excel) sports enhancement and injury prevention program that directly aims to help athletes avoid common knee injuries along with becoming better all-around athletes. The EDGE Program incorporates plyometrics (jump training), proprioception (balance training), and core and hip strengthening to help decrease injury risk. The program includes a pre-test and post-test and 12 training sessions. Functional movement screenings (FMS) are also currently being offered to area athletic teams at no cost to help determine athletes’ functional limitations and asymmetries.
The EDGE Program is currently being offered at Andover Physical Therapy and St. Francis Physical Therapy. Please contact Andover Physical Therapy at 763-433-8108 or St. Francis Physical Therapy at 763-753-8804 for more information on the EDGE Program or FMS.
Dustin Eslinger, MA, ATC
Physical Therapy Consultants, Inc.
PTC_therapy January 31st, 2016
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