Reducing Injuries in Young Athletes

Helping athletes reduce their risk of injury one athlete at a time

By working with athletes on an individual and team basis, we’re focused on mitigating the young athlete injury epidemic.

Young Athlete Injury Reduction

Reducing the Risk of Injury

When we talk about sports injury prevention, we’re talking about ways to help athletes mitigate the chance they will sustain a traumatic injury on or off the field. Although ridding the sports world of all sports injuries is a noble goal, we realize it’s unrealistic. Athletes are always at risk of injury. That’s why we’ve set our eyes on tackling the injury epidemic by creating screening services that lower your chances of sustaining a traumatic sport. Our services also work to lower an athletes risk for ACL injury or re-injuring a previously damaged ACL.

Our screening service grades various aspects of your total body’s movement patterns to pinpoint your specific risk areas. Using motion capture technology and, if needed, 3D wearable sensors, we analyze the way you move in real time and turn this data into an easily interpreted and actionable report. Our clinical physical therapists then work with you to resolve the problem. We’re able to use real-time biomechanical data that anyone can understand to help athletes, clinicians, coaches, and parents work together to prevent injuries. The key is that we provide actionable data based on your body’s unique movements. We use those data to create a customized report and care plan that you can use and share.

If you’ve already suffered an ACL injury, you have a 20 percent chance of reinjury within two years. Our level 2 diagnostic screenings give more accurate, in-depth details to let you know when you’re ready to return to play (RTP) with minimal risk of injury. EliteX 360’s program ensures you won’t be cleared until your movement patterns perform optimally.

EliteX 360 – an advocate for, and alongside, parents

As a parent, you play a critical role in advocating for your child and, by extension, for sports safety in general. Sports are extremely beneficial for a young athlete’s physical and emotional development. They learn how to handle failure, how to work as a team, and how to harness their raw physical and mental talents and turn them into success on and off the field. The further a child goes in sports, however, the easier it becomes to view them as a sort of commodity. The reality is the young athlete is someone’s daughter or son, and while the fear of sustaining an injury shouldn’t be a reason not to play sports, the right amount of prevention and diagnostics can reduce the likelihood of that happening. This is where EliteX 360 can provide the most value: using technology to keep sports safe for young athletes.

Driven to tackle the young athlete injury epidemic

The ACL injury rate has increased 10 fold in 17-year-olds over the past 20 years. EliteX 360 is here to reverse this growing trend.

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ACL Injury Prevention Tips

If you’re ready to proactively protect yourself from lower-body and ACL injuries, here are some tips to integrate into your training regimen. These tips will get you started right away, before your screening:

  1. Prioritize Warm-Ups—Taking a little extra time to warm up and stretch before practice or game time can pay off in the long run. Cold,stiff muscles and ligaments are much more susceptible to injury than those that have been properly stretched. Beyond encouraging additional blood flow throughout the body, thorough stretching can reduce your risk of lower extremity or ACL injury. Focus on stretching leg muscles, particularly the front and back muscles of your thighs.
  2. Focus Your Strength Training—Strengthening the muscles in your hips and thighs can help stabilize your lower body and ACL to reduce the risk of injury. Controlled squats and lunges are great exercises to start with. Focus more on technique than weight, at first. Strengthening your core is also important to help you maintain body control and balance. ACL injuries are often sustained during sudden stops or when you lose your balance, so focus on drills that prepare your body to make quick changes of direction and sudden stops. This will help reduce the chance that you’ll sustain a lower-body or ACL injury.
  3. Test Your Footwear—Proper-fitting footwear helps you maintain your balance while reducing the chance that you’ll trip or twist an ankle. Make sure your current shoes and cleats are formed to your feet. Before buying a new pair, make sure they will be able to form to your foot correctly, so you can reduce your risk of a lower extremity or ACL injury.
  4. Practice Proper Technique—Tell your coaches and trainers you want to reduce your risk of injury before it happens. Let them know what to look out for and listen to them if they notice something that might be putting you at injury risk. Make sure you’re practicing the proper techniques to protect yourself from injury and stay off the sidelines.

While these are things you can start doing right now to reduce your risk of injury, the most important step is to schedule a movement screening event. Contact EliteX 360 to start taking a proactive approach to preventing traumatic sports injuries today.

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