ACL Injury Prevention
Females are more at risk
Female athletes injure their anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) at a rate 4 to 6 times higher than that of male athletes; particularly in soccer, basketball, and gymnastics. Each year, one out of 100 high school female athletes and one out of ten college female athletes experiences an ACL injury. Current research has shown that the risk of female ACL injuries can be cut by 88% with a properly designed prevention program.
Prevention programs proven effective
Programs like the FIFA 11 + and PEP program have both shown to reduce the risk of injury. Our programs incorporate some of the same concepts but are designed first to build a foundation of strength and power. With a solid base, we can begin neuromuscular retraining to teach you the proper landing and cutting strategies. We will use video analysis to evaluate your movement patterns to make the necessary changes to reduce your risk of injury. There is no guarantee that you won’t sustain a serious injury, but with hard work and dedication, you can reduce your chances of having a season-ending injury.
Our training programs are developed for serious athletes to help guide the proper forms of exercise to maximize their athletic potential. They are based on the most current performance enhancement information gathered from the scientific literature. Our programs intend to prepare athletes for competition and help prevent injuries.
SPARQ Baseball Specific testing
Our baseball performance training program has been uniquely designed to address the specific needs of the overhead throwing athlete and sport. We use the SPARQ rating system which is designed to measure sport-specific athleticism. SPARQ is an acronym for speed, power, agility, reaction, and quickness. The results of the test will tell us how you rank among your peers and help us design a specific program to address your deficiencies. The following are the
The following tests make up the assessments in the Baseball SPARQ.
- 30 Yard Dash — a straight line sprint test that measures acceleration and speed.
- Vertical Jump — this test measures power and explosiveness, and is a reliable indicator of speed.
- Rotational Power Ball Throw — The test measures core strength and total body power and simulates the rotational core movement common to baseball.
- 20 Yard Shuttle — A lateral movement test that measures the agility of the athlete, especially change of direction.
We use the principles of periodization which is the most widely used training among elite athletes. It involves progressive cycling of various aspects of a training program during a specific period. Conditioning programs can use periodization to break up the training program into the off-season, preseason, in season, and the postseason. Periodization also reduces the risk of injury because it emphasizes a gradual increase in overall training levels. Using this method, a competitive athlete can peak physical performance at a particular point in time. Results aren’t guaranteed- they are earned. Nothing is accomplished without making a commitment.
More than one in three people age 65 years or older fall each year. The risk of falling and fall-related problems increases with age. The fear of falling becomes more common as people age, even among those who haven’t fallen.
But don’t let a fear of falling keep you from being active. Overcoming this fear can help you stay active, maintain your physical health, and prevent future falls. At Salinas Physical Therapy / Sports Medicine we can perform specific tests to evaluate your risk. Based on your evaluation, we will develop a customized exercise program. Regular exercise improves muscles and makes you stronger. It also helps keep your joints, tendons, and ligaments healthy. Mild weight-bearing activities, such as walking or climbing stairs, may slow bone loss from osteoporosis.
Don’t hesitate to call us for your free fall risk assessment.
The American Sports Medicine Institute has reported that the number of Tommy John surgeries in youth pitchers has more than doubled since 2000. The scientific community has identified numerous risk factors contributing to this rise. According to Dr. James Andrews, one of the nation’s leading authority on Tommy John surgery, the number one risk factor is specialization, meaning it is common that youth baseball is being played year around.
Injury Risk Factors
Pitching too much during the year, not taking enough days off, and even the radar guns are all identified as potential risk factors. Pitch counts have been developed and adopted to address this problem. Many theories exist that try to explain the changes that occur in these overhead throwing athletes throwing arms that place them at potential risk. Dr Ruben Salinas has extensive experience evaluating the arms of these athletes and all the risk factors. The evaluation may include performing a video biomechanical analysis of the pitching mechanics.
The program is designed to examine the pitcher’s throwing arm, fitness level and address all the potential risk factors to reduce the chance of injury. Being a formal pitcher and baseball coach Dr Salinas has first-hand knowledge of what an overhead throwing athlete needs.
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