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.

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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 an injury on or off the field. Although ridding the sports world of traumatic 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 their chances of sustaining an ACL  or other traumatic sports injury.

Our screening service grades various aspects of your team’s movement patterns to pinpoint their specific risk areas. Using 3D motion capture technology we analyze the way an athlete moves 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 an athletes unique movements. We use this data to email a customized PDF report and action plan that you can use and share with your athletes.

Athletes who’ve already suffered an ACL injury have a 20 percent chance of reinjury within two years. Our G.A.M.E. screening gives more accurate, in-depth details to let you know when an athlete is 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.

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.

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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