Sportsmetrics™ ACL Injury Prevention and Performance Training
Dedicated to keeping area athletes safe, active, and in the game, our physical therapy team at Mountain Valley Orthopedics offers Sportsmetrics. Focused on dynamic jump training, plyometrics, strength, speed, and agility, the Sportsmetrics program is designed and proven to reduce the risk of knee injuries related to sports and athletic activity.
Sportsmetrics also works to increase the power of an athlete’s jump as well as leg strength in sports where pivoting, cutting, and jumping is integral to gameplay or competition.
What is at risk?
- Each year in the United States, 1 in 100 female high school athletes will suffer a serious, season-ending injury. Alarmingly, the rate of knee ligament injuries in female athletes is 6 to 10 times that of male athletes depending on the sport.
- The risk of tearing the ACL is higher in sports involving cutting, jumping, landing, and pivoting.
- The cost of an ACL injury per athlete, including reconstruction and rehabilitation, is approximately $17,000.
- ACL reconstruction surgery will sideline an athlete for 12 months; however, only 55% of athletes return to competitive sports.
What is Sportsmetrics?
Dr. Frank Noyes and the doctors and researchers at Cincinnati Sports Medicine Research and Education Foundation have been leaders in developing programs to ensure athletes play well and stay well. Sportsmetrics is a scientifically proven, six-week jump training program that incorporates proper stretching, special plyometric exercises, and weight training. It focuses on developing overall leg strength as well as improving balance in strength from the front to the back of the thigh. Through a specialized progression of jump/plyometric drills, athletes learn proper techniques for jumping and landing; increase overall leg strength; improve symmetry in right-to-left leg power; and improve vertical jump.
What can I expect after completion of Sportsmetrics training?
- A reduced risk of serious knee injury
- Higher vertical jump height, up to 4 inches
- Improved hamstring to quadriceps strength ratio
- Better landing mechanics and reduced side-to-side movements at the knee
- Improved cardiovascular and muscular endurance
Why is Sportsmetrics training so unique?
Sportsmetrics is not just another plyometric training program. Training proceeds from technique development to performance enhancement with each session building on the previous bout of training. The strength and flexibility components have also been carefully reviewed for safety and effectiveness. Essential to the success of the athlete is the trainer interaction and feedback throughout the program. Student to trainer ratios are kept at 6 to 1 or better to ensure that each athlete receives individualized recommendations and attention.
What are people saying about Sportsmetrics?
Cincinnati Sports Medicine Research and Education Foundation received the Excellence in Research award from the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine. The Cincinnati Enquirer and Cincinnati Magazine joined in the excitement with full-page articles reporting the Sportsmetrics results. Sportsmetrics has been featured in The New York Times, ESPN Wide World of Sports, Health, and on Good Morning America and Channel Five News.
What can Sportsmetrics do for me?
Get involved in a training program that addresses your needs. Today, 27 years after a federal mandate was enacted to provide gender equity in sports, a new generation of female athletics has emerged. Sportsmetrics is the first program scientifically proven to decrease knee injuries in female athletes. Neuromuscular training not only increases muscular power and jump height but also decreases impact forces at the knee. Sportsmetrics is the program that focuses on the female athlete’s needs in training, but Sportsmetrics is not just for females! Males will benefit from developing overall leg strength and perfecting jumping and landing mechanics too.
For more information on Sportsmetrics or to sign up for the next training program, please contact Mountain Valley Orthopedics’ Physical Therapy Department at (570) 517-0511.
Physical Therapy Office
600 Plaza Court A
East Stroudsburg, PA 18301
Monday – Thursday: 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Friday: 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.