Safety Seminar For Girls’ Basketball Camp

On Saturday, Summit physical therapist assistant, Rob Mandell, is presenting an ACL injury prevention talk and demonstration to a young girls’ basketball camp at Tartan High School in Oakdale, Minnesota.

The anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL, is critical to knee stability. ACL tears are common among young athletes, and young women are three to six times more susceptible to ACL injuries than men. Basketball and soccer players are at highest risk for these injuries, but they also occur in football, volleyball, field hockey, lacrosse, baseball, softball, gymnastics, and tennis athletes. You might guess that tears would be the result of collisions during play, but 70 to 80 percent of ACL tears happen without direct contact by another player.

“We are still not certain about which factors cause such an increase in risk for women,” Rob says, “but research has shown that ACL injury prevention programs do help female athletes reduce their incidence of injury.”

There are compelling reasons to prevent ACL tears.

  • When the ACL is torn, recovery is lengthy, and can cost an athlete time away from their sport. This may affect scholarship opportunities.
  • Surgery is costly, and like any surgery, is not always successful.
  • Once the ACL has been torn, a patient has up to a 50 percent chance of developing degenerative arthritis within 12 years.

“ACL prevention programs like ours are important because they encourage girls to perform training drills that increase balance, power, agility, neuromuscular conditioning and muscular reaction,” Rob explains. “These are all factors shown to reduce the risk of ACL injury in female athletes. I’ll be teaching exercises that are meant to take the place of the warm up period. We encourage young athletes to begin these drills four to six weeks before they begin competing. Preventative drills include jumping exercises that focus on proper leg position when cutting or landing a jump, balance exercises, lunges, squats, heel raises, and techniques that these young basketball players can use to ensure a balanced soft landing during play.”

At Summit, we are committed to working in our community to keep young athletes in the game and out of the doctor’s office.

Summit Orthopedics supports healthy communities

Community health flourishes when specialized orthopedic care is conveniently available close to home. Summit Orthopedics is proud of our fellowship-trained subspecialty teams offering the full spectrum of orthopedic expertise in bone, tendon, ligament, muscle, and joint conditions—in addition to our wellness, prevention, and rehabilitation services. We have the expertise to proactively improve fitness, evaluate discomfort, and deliver personalized treatment to quickly and safely return you to the lifestyle you love.

Start your journey to a healthier, more active self. Visit our Facebook page to learn about our wellness services and schedule a free wellness consultation online. Find your orthopedic expert, request an appointment online, or call us at (651) 968–5201 to schedule a consultation.

Summit has convenient locations across the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area, serving Minnesota and western Wisconsin. We have state-of-the-art centers for comprehensive orthopedic care in Eagan, MNPlymouth, MN, Vadnais Heights, MN, and Woodbury, MN, as well as additional community clinics throughout the metro and southern Minnesota.

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