New Sports Medicine program at HVHC

Mar 10, 2014

Cortlandt Manor, NY

New Sports Medicine program at HVHC

Each year 1 in 100 female high school athletes will suffer a serious knee injury. The Center for Rehabilitation at NewYork-Presbyterian/Hudson Valley Hospital is doing something about it with a new Sports Medicine program that specializes in injury prevention, performance enhancement and rehabilitation of sports injuries.

"Athletes, especially young female athletes, are prone to injury of their ACL and it can be devastating to the athlete and the team," said Kyle Mack, PT, DPT, Clinical Manager, Department of Rehabilitation. "These injuries have become an epidemic and can sideline athletes for 6-12 months, but are preventable with the correct training.

The center is now also offering a SportsMetrics ACL Injury Prevention program to schools and individual athletes. The center also offers Return to Sports Programs to help athletes recover from injuries more quickly and return to sports safely. Created under the direction of internationally-renowned orthopaedic sports medicine surgeon, Frank R. Noyes, M.D., Sportsmetrics is the first and only training program scientifically proven to decrease knee injuries in female athletes. It is a six-week jump training program that meets three times per week on alternating days and is comprised of a dynamic warm-up, jump/plyometric drills, strength training and flexibility exercises.

Knee ligament injury rates are 2-10 times higher in female athletes than in male athletes. The majority of these injuries are non-contact, occurring in sports that involve pivoting, cutting or jumping. The ACL controls the pivoting and forward motion of the knee joint, along with the hamstrings muscles. If these muscles are not adequately prepared, jumping/twisting motions may create shear forces, which can tear the ACL.

NewYork-Presbyterian/Hudson Valley Hospital's Center for Sports Medicine is now offering this program. The centers’ team of highly-trained therapists work with the area’s top orthopedic specialists. They are part of The Hospital for Special Surgery’s Rehabilitation Network, and hold prestigious accreditations attesting to their expertise. Each team member offers specialized skills, significant experience and a dedication to improving patients’ lives.

The Center for Rehabilitation has consistently maintained a patient satisfaction rating or 90 percent and above.

To make an appointment for an evaluation, call 914-734-3455.