For Immediate Release: September 22, 2014
Eric Cardin, SCPT Executive Director, 508-832-2628
WESTBOROUGH _ Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injuries are commonplace for athletes and are becoming more prevalent in high school aged competitors, making it more important than ever to increase awareness and prevention at a younger age. Research has shown that girls are 10 times more likely than boys to sustain an ACL injury.
Westborough High School Girls Varsity Soccer Coach Paul Mumby knows first hand the devastation an ACL injury can cause for a player and a team. Two of his top players, both captains, are sidelined this year with ACL injuries.
Recently, physical therapists from South County Physical Therapy, Inc. (SCPT) demonstrated the FIFA 11+, an innovative program introduced at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, to all Westborough High School girls’ soccer teams. This integrated warm up program, designed to reduce injuries, is a comprehensive 20-minute warm up that focuses on agility, landing techniques, and core strength. It was developed for male and female athletes over the age of 14 and, when performed at least twice weekly prior to training, can help to reduce injuries by up to 50 percent.
“It was great to have South County physical therapists come out and do a program like this,” Mumby said. “All the girls’ soccer coaches were there and the girls were really responsive to it. They took it very seriously.”
SCPT Executive Director Eric Cardin said the program has three parts with a total of 15 exercises that are easy to incorporate into a sports training program.
“It’s very important to use proper techniques during all of the exercises, paying close attention to your posture, body control, straight leg alignment, knee over toe position, and soft landings. We reviewed techniques with the girls and explained why it’s necessary to execute these exercises properly,” said Cardin. “One of the best ways to reduce the risk of injury is by maintaining core strength. If we can help mitigate some injuries by having the girls perform these exercises, then it’s a win-win for everyone.”
Mumby said that while he was familiar with the program and had incorporated some of the exercises into the girls’ practices, he had not done the complete FIFA 11+ program until SCPT brought it to Westborough High School.
“It was a lot of fun, and it helps prevent injuries and build strength,” Mumby said. “We’ll now be incorporating the strength session into our Friday practices to help our athletes try and avoid injuries. It’s great that this information and program are available. It’s important for coaches to stay up-to-date with what new injury programs are available to help their student athletes become more aware and adept in prevention.”
For more information on the FIFA 11+program, call SCPT at 508-832-2628.
For nearly 30 years, South County Physical Therapy, Inc. has been dedicated to providing its patients with quality, personalized rehabilitative care in an environment that is safe, comfortable and compassionate. As a privately owned company, the organization has given back to numerous charitable organizations in the communities it serves, and seeks to make a difference in promoting wellness and health awareness. The company offers six locations in Central Massachusetts that include: Auburn, Charlton, Millbury, Westborough (East Main Street and Oak Street) and Worcester. For more information, visit www.southcountypt.com.
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