Sports Reaction Center Partners with Bellevue Club to Prevent ACL Injuries

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The Bellevue, Wash.-based physical therapy clinic provides a new program to assess and prevent the risk of Bellevue Club members experiencing a torn ACL.

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ACL injuries can cripple you for months, and the best method of dealing with them is to prevent them

Sports Reaction Center (SRC), a sports physical therapy center, has designed a unique program to reduce the risk of ACL injuries in active individuals and aid their current and long-term health. An injured anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), which is located in the middle of the knee, is one of the most common activity-related injuries. An active lifestyle leaves a person at a higher risk for an ACL injury. To combat this risk, the Bellevue Club, a premier fitness club in Washington, has now taken advantage of SRC’s ACL Risk Assessment and Prevention Program to reduce the chances of its members suffering ACL injuries.

SRC’s ACL prevention program comes at an opportune time, as ACL injuries are afflicting up to 300,000 athletes every year. According to the American College of Sports Medicine, surgery is not always effective in treating the injury:

●Of 400,000 ACL reconstructions, 45% percent fail to return to their previous level of play.

●Up to 80-90% develop evidence of osteoarthritis (as early as seven years post-surgery) (1).

SRC’s partnership with Bellevue consists of ACL screening and treatment for the club’s 500 plus members. If members are determined to be “high risk” for injury after an initial screening, they will then be referred to Sports Reaction Center to complete the ACL Risk and Prevention program. Neil Chasan, SRC’s Founder, has also trained Bellevue Club Fitness Professionals to correctly guide club members found to have moderate risk of ACL injury through the program in his absence. Sponsored non-members will also be able to participate in the Bellevue Club program.

“This partnership with The Bellevue Club has been in the works for several years, and [SRC] is looking forward to providing Club’s members with the means to live an active lifestyle with a reduced risk of injury,” said Chasan.

SRC’s ACL Risk Assessment and Prevention program is individualized, and participants are coached to master each phase before moving on to the next. Throughout this process, SRC helps at-risk active individuals improve their body mechanics to lessen the chances of experiencing injury. The program includes a pre-test analysis and five phases of progressively challenging exercises over the course of three months.

The pre-test analysis involves biometric measurement and video analysis of the athlete in motion, to determine one’s risk of suffering an injury at the knee. Once the analysis is completed, a course of action is planned that will best benefit the athlete in question, and the exercise phase begins.

The exercises consist of balance challenges, landing skills, muscle imbalance fixes, core strength, and power development. Over time, the participant’s body alignment will adjust and allow him or her to execute the drills properly, reducing the likelihood of damaging the knee. Following completion of the program, SRC conducts a post-test to verify that the injury risk is, in fact, reduced.

SRC is dedicated to lowering the number and risk of ACL injuries by providing the means to utilize correct body mechanics. In addition to screening at the Bellevue Club, SRC is working with the athletes at Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart, and club several soccer programs in the area.

“ACL injuries can cripple you for months, and the best method of dealing with them is to prevent them,” Chasan said. “By doing so, your chances of having a long and active lifestyle improve dramatically.”

About Sports Reaction Center:

Based in Bellevue, Washington and attracting athletes of all levels from the Bellevue, Seattle, Kirkland and Redmond areas, as well as all around the United States, Sports Reaction Center (SRC) was founded by Neil Chasan in 1997. SRC performs sports physical therapy services that incorporate innovative technology such as Dynavision D2, and the NASA-developed Alter-G. The clinic additionally offers concussion management and biomechanical assessment. SRC’s clients also include multiple athletes who have qualified for the Olympic Trials in Track and Field, as well as marathoner Mike Sayenko, Olympic hurdler Virginia Powell, and NFL, NBA and MLB players. The clinic also works with area organizations such as Club Northwest, VO2 Multisports and the Seattle Rugby Club. A graduate of the University of Washington’s physical therapy program in 1982, Chasan has consulted with members of the High Performance Team at the U.S. Olympic Training Center, U.S. Rugby Sports Medicine, and members of the strength and Conditioning staff of the Seattle Sounders, the Seattle Seahawks, and the Seattle Mariners as well as the development team at Alter G. Neil is the author of the book “Total Conditioning for Golfers,” and the creator of the video “The Swing Reaction System”. Neil also published Pain Free Back, an iPhone application. A clinical faculty member of the University of Washington’s physical therapy program since 1990, Chasan teaches and consults with physical therapists around the world.

1.Shilstone, Mackie. “Optimum Performance: Is Your Daughter at Risk for a Potentially Devastating Injury?” Nola.com. The Times-Picayune, 10 May 2013. Web. 28 May 2013. nola.com/running/index.ssf/2013/05/optimum_performance_is_your_da.html.

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