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KneeFit From The Bridge Sherwood Park Sports Physiotherapy

You rely on your knees for power, agility, strength and balance in nearly all sports.
Unfortunately, knee injuries are extremely common among athletes at all levels. Damage to the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) is serious with many leading to surgery and up to a year out of full activity.
DID YOU KNOW?
70% of ACL injuries occur without contact and are due to muscle weakness and poor movement mechanics where athletes are not able to decelerate body during rapid direction changes or when landing from a jump. Studies show that up to 90% of non contact ACL injuries can be prevented by screening and conditioning weak athletes before they hit the field or court.
PREVENTION IS THE KEY
The KNEEFIT program, developed by physiotherapists at Sherwood Park Sports Physiotherapy helps athletes strengthen and train the core, hip and knee to stabilize the upper leg over the lower leg.  KNEEFIT benefits athletes of all ages and levels, requires no equipment and can be performed by individuals and teams in minimal time.
by Douglas Gilroy
3 EXERCISES TO PREVENT ACL INJURIES
All exercises in the KNEEFIT program have been carefully chosen and developed to enhance an athletes’ strength and dynamic motor control, making them stronger beer movers.  Highlighted here are three of the best ACL prevention exercises from the program.  For best results, KNEEFIT exercises should be done 3 times a week in pre-season and twice a week in season.
Side Plank with Clamshells
 
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Lying in side plank position, keep your feet together and li the top knee off your boom knee like a clam shell.
Airplane Touchdown
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Stand on 1 leg with your knee slightly bent.  Li the opposite straight leg up as you bend forward to touch the ground.  The important parts of this exercise are to keep the knee of your standing leg out, positioned over your toe and both hips level or parallel to the ground.
Speed Skaters
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Leap side to side over cones keeping knee over toe as you land.Proper technique is essential when performing this exercise.
ARE YOU AT RISK OF AN ACL TEAR?
Every year we screen hundreds of athletes to determine risk of injury.  Using video analysis, we track knee position on two simple movement tests.  Poor position on movement indicates that you are more likely to injure your knee.   Knowing this we start you on proper KNEEFIT training to help prevent you from an ACL tear or other knee injuries.
Book your KNEEFIT or TEAM KNEEFIT session today! Call us at 780.570.0225 or visit our website at: http://thebridge.fit/program/injury-prevention/kneefit/
THE BRIDGE
109-2055 Premier Way,Sherwood Park, AB Phone: 1-780-570-0225 Website: thebridge.fit

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