Tucson, AZ, December 08, 2013 --(PR.com
)-- In an effort to decrease the risk of Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) and other lower extremity injuries, ProActive Performance Project (P3), as part of ProActive Physical Therapy, will be offering free injury screenings to middle and high school kids and athletes with a goal of screening 1,100 youth by June 1st, 2014.
P3 is a “constantly evolving injury prevention and performance training project driven by specific screening, performance testing, consistent long-term monitoring, client education, and individualized programming.” Backed by the latest research, which suggests that certain populations are at higher risk for injury and risk can be reduced with early detection and proper training, P3 has set out to detect and reduce these injury risks.
While every coach and parent is concerned with the health of their athletes, they do not always take the necessary precautions to prevent an injury from happening. Just recently, two professional athletes, Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls and Lindsey Vonn, professional skier both tore their ACLs and will experience difficulty competing at their top ability for an extended period of time.
The impact of an ACL injury on a young athlete is quite significant: money and time spent in surgery and rehab, emotional stress, and potential long term consequences are just a few of the negative impacts from this injury. Reconstruction surgery and rehabilitation alone costs on average over $17,000! This does not include the change in routine to accommodate the necessary treatments and rehabilitation (e.g. missing time away from school). Research reports also indicate that 20% of these injured athletes experience a re-injury and over half report instability, pain, or reduced range of motion even a decade later! Furthermore, 50% of athletes with an ACL injury develop osteoarthritis within 10-20 years. After seeing this data, many people are shocked that one injury can cause such long-term consequences.
Dr. Craig Smith, PT, Chief innovator of P3, has conducted extensive research and published five journal articles on the validity of pre-injury screening. Dr. Smith states “I have screened hundreds of Division I athletes and applying these screens to the local community will have a significant positive impact on our kids in the community.”
As the first phase, members of the P3 project will be reaching out to high school and middle school coaches and the coaches of club teams to perform free screens and recommendations for kids and parents on how they can be more “proactive” in preventing these injuries.
John Woolf, PT, AT, managing partner and former Director of The University of Arizona’s Sports Medicine program emphasizes, “The entire country, including our community, must become more active in the application of preventative medicine. We are doing our part with scientifically based programs to help decrease youth sports injuries.”
The free injury prevention screens will be available for 12-18 year olds, both athletes and nonathletes. Those being screened should plan to attend for about an hour to be screened and learn more details about how to prevent injuries.
The free screens will be offered at ProActive’s Central Clinic at 3945 E. Paradise Falls, Suite 109, Tucson, AZ 85712. Go to www.proactivept.com
or call 520-829-7712 for the dates and times of the free screens and to read the top three reasons a youth might already be at risk for a serious injury.