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SCPT offers ACL Injury Prevention Summer Program

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release: June 20, 2013

Contact Information:
Eric Cardin, Executive Director: (508) 366-7899

WESTBOROUGH _ How often have you heard of a professional athlete putting his or her career on hold because of an unexpected and devastating ACL injury? The anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL as it is commonly referred to, is a frequent injury in sports such as basketball, soccer and volleyball that involve jumping, pivoting and cutting.

Due to research showing that girls are two to 10 times more likely to sustain an ACL injury than their male counterparts, South County Physical Therapy, Inc. (SCPT) is offering an ACL injury prevention program geared toward female athletes.

The program is designed for teenage female athletes going into grades 8 – 12, who participate in sports that require running, jumping, and a rapid changing of direction. This program is strongly recommended for girls playing volleyball, soccer, basketball, lacrosse, field hockey and tennis, according to SCPT therapists.

“An ACL injury takes you out of competition for a minimum of eight months.  It’s pretty scary to realize that one out of every 100 high school aged, female athletes involved in cutting or jumping sports will sustain an ACL injury. (One out of every 10 collegiate female athletes will sustain an ACL injury!) Given those statistics, it is empowering to know that you can personally and significantly decrease your risk of having a season-ending ACL injury,” said South County Physical Therapist Nancy Siegal.

The program runs from July 8 – August 16 (Tuesdays and Thursdays), from 9 a.m. – 10:15 am at WestboroughHigh School, 90 West Main Street, Westborough. Exercises and activities will help participants increase jump height; increase speed; increase strength of leg and core muscles; improve reaction time; and help decrease the risk of ACL and other knee-related injures. SCPT therapists and staff will train participants in the proper techniques for all the activities that are performed during the program.

Enrollment is limited to 25 participants. Proper workout attire and sneakers are required. Costs and Information to sign-up for this program can be found at:

http://www.westborough.org/education/components/form/default.php?sectiondetailid=17359&linkid=nav-menu-container-4-58936

For questions or further information, contact Nancy Siegal, PT, MS at (508) 389-9912.

South County Physical Therapy, Inc. is dedicated to providing its patients with quality, personalized rehabilitative care in an environment that is safe, comfortable and compassionate. The organization has given back to numerous charitable organizations in many ways over the years, and seeks to make a difference in promoting wellness and health awareness within the communities it serves. For more information, visit www.southcountypt.com

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