Sports Medicine Injury Prevention Tips

ACL Injuries

The Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) is a major ligament located inside the knee and provides a large amount of stability to the joint. It’s often injured as a result of jumping and landing or pivoting and turning off balance. Learn techniques and exercises to help prevent ACL injuries.

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ACL Patello-Femoral Pain

The patella, commonly referred to as the “knee cap,” and its tendon transmit power from the quadriceps to the lower leg. Girls tend to drop their knees together when running and jumping. Learn how to strengthen the muscles that can help improve this functional alignment.

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Ankle and Foot Injuries

Ankle and foot injuries often occur when an athlete lands off-balance. Learn how to increase flexibility, strength, balance and agility to help prevent these injuries.

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Chronic Knee Pain

Growth spurts in adolescents can lead to overuse-type injuries to the knee, causing the joint to become less flexible. This, combined with overtraining, increases stress on the knee and can lead to inflammation. Learn how to improve flexibility to help with both the prevention and treatment of chronic knee pain.

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Concussions

In 2004, the Centers for Disease Control estimated that over 400,000 children and adolescents were treated in emergency rooms for sports and activity-related concussions. Learn the symptoms of a concussion and ways to help prevent concussions.

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Hip Pain

One of the most common causes of hip pain in adolescents is an inflammation of the growth centers around the hip. Learn how to increase flexibility and abdominal strength to help prevent hip pain.

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Little League Elbow

Little League Elbow plagues many younger baseball players who continue to throw beyond the endurance level of the muscles that control their arms. Learn how to strengthen the muscles in the whole arm to help prevent this injury.

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Little League Shoulder

Little League Shoulder is a common injury that plagues younger boys and girls in baseball, softball and other throwing sports and occurs when the growth plates of the upper arm become irritated from overuse. Learn ways to increase flexibility and use the legs and core during throwing.

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Speed and Agility

Many injuries seen in young athletes result from poor mechanics when changing speed and direction. This often has to do with agility. Learn exercises to improve speed and agility.

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Spondylolysis

Spondylolysis is a low back stress fracture. Left untreated, this injury can worsen causing a much more serious condition called Spondylolisthesis, which puts the spinal cord at risk. Learn exercises that can help take the pressure off of the spine by strengthening the core and improving hip flexibility.

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Strength and Power

Strength and power exercises help build strong bones and create a foundation for functional body control. Learn exercises that involve the entire body working together to improve strength and power.

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Stress Fractures

Stress fractures generally occur when the body doesn’t have enough recovery time between workouts and are most often seen in the shin. Learn how to work on calf and arch flexibility and lower leg strength to help prevent stress fractures.