Many High Schools and Sports Medicine Clinics, including The Center for Physical Rehabilitation, are relying on new trends in performance training. The focus of these programs is to improve the “athlete” as a whole, and not just focus on weight lifting or specialization of sport. Those types of training are seeing their last days, as incidence of injury is increasing. More and more, athletes as young as 10-12 years of age are experiencing overuse injuries such as stress fractures, tendonitis and strained muscles.
There was a recent article from The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, Ohio where Dr. James Andrews, a world renowned orthopedic surgeon in Alabama, has announced writing a book called “Any Given Monday: Sports Injuries and How to Prevent Them, for Athletes, Parents and Coaches -- Based on My Life in Sports Medicine”, which details a sharp increase in youth injuries in the past decade, due to overuse. He also helped start a prevention program called STOP (Sports Trauma and Overuse Prevention). His biggest goal is keeping youth athletes on the playing field, and out of the operating room. He explains that some parents and coaches don’t realize that their young athletes don’t have the physical ability to withstand the intense training that more mature Collegiate or Professional athletes can.
Some of the new trends mentioned above include ACL prevention programs, such as Sportsmetrics, and performance enhancement programs that utilize dynamic warm-ups, speed and agility training, “functional” weight training (in lieu of overtraining with Olympic Lifts) and teaching proper stretching.
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