Colonial Orthopaedics is working with the VSU Women’s basketball team to reduce the risk of knee injuries. The six-week program is focuses on strength, agility, and balance.
Two-thirds of all Anterior Crutiate Ligament (ACL) tears are non contact. They occur with sudden deceleration, cutting activities and faulty landing position with jumping. This makes basketball a risky sport for females.
Women experience knee injuries two to 10 times more frequently than men.
There are many contributing factors as to why:
- Women have a wider pelvis which increases the angle at the knee.
- There ligaments are generally more lax than men and this increases during the menstrual cycle.
- The size of the ACL itself and the notch through which it runs is often smaller.
- Women tend to use different movement patterns than men. Men use their hamstrings more and tend to land from a jump in a lower flexed position. Women are more quadriceps dominant and land with their knees straighter making them less stable. There is a general push in athletics to start playing more seriously at a younger age. Young athletes train hard at their sport and often have aspirations of playing in college. Without the proper training they often develop faulty habits and movement patterns putting them at a higher risk for injury. An injury can set them back a valuable season of play and experience. The proper training can reduce the risk of injury and make them a better player.
The training program by Colonial Orthopaedics works to combine strengthening, balance and agility to create the proper muscular balance to reduce injuries.
The program started Monday, Aug. 27.