Beverly Hills, CA (PRWEB) April 04, 2014
A new study presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons suggests that altering how sports teams warm up could significantly reduce the likelihood of athletes sustaining a knee injury. With the number of knee ACL injuries on the rise, this information is now more important than ever.
“ACL injuries are especially common in sports that require a lot of jumping and cutting,” said Dr. Rajan Patel, Co-Medical Director of the Knee Surgery Center of Excellence, a division of La Peer Health Systems. “These activities include football, soccer, basketball, and a number of other sports.”
The ACL is one of the four main ligaments in the knee. It runs diagonally through the center of the knee and helps to hold the bones in place. The ACL is also one of the most commonly injured areas of knee, with an estimated 150,000 ACL injuries per year.
“What this study tells us,” said Dr. Patel, “is that there are better ways to warm up that can actually help prepare and train the body to reduce the risk of knee injury. These methods are called neuromuscular training.”
Neuromuscular training refers to a number of different training programs – often consisting of shuffling, squatting, jumping, and other activities – that help athletes move with more precise coordination.
“Studies suggest that neuromuscular training can actually reduce ACL tears among sports teams by 50%,” said Dr. Andrew Weiss, Co-Medical Director of the Knee Surgery Center of Excellence. “Clearly, this is something that coaches, trainers, and athletes across the country should be looking into.”
Rajan M. Patel, MD is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine doctor at La Peer Health Systems. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons, and Arthroscopic Association of North America. He is Fellowship trained in Adult Reconstruction. Along with primary and revision joint reconstruction, Dr. Patel's other clinical interests include minimally invasive surgery, alternative bearings for joint reconstruction, CAS (computer assisted surgery), and orthobiologic applications in orthopedics surgery.
Andrew Weiss, M.D., a fellowship trained and board-certified orthopedic surgeon, has a private orthopedic practice in Beverly Hills, California. He attended medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine where he graduated honors/ Alpha Omega Alpha and then completed at an orthopedic surgery residency at UCLA/ Harbor Medical Center. Afterwards, he completed a sports medicine fellowship at UCLA Medical Center. In addition to his private practice, he serves on staff at Cedar Sinai Medical Center. He also performs outpatient surgical procedures at La Peer Health Systems.
La Peer Health Systems is an outpatient surgery center in Beverly Hills, founded by doctors and focused on providing excellent patient care alongside the most cutting-edge medical treatments available. With 50 world-renowned physicians in 14 specialties, comprehensive medical treatment is offered that takes patients from consultation to diagnosis, treatment, surgery, and ultimately aftercare. The 14 medical departments include orthopedics & sports medicine, gastroenterology, head & neck surgery, colorectal & general surgery, podiatry, ophthalmology, pain management, plastics & reconstructive surgery, gynecology, spine surgery, interventional cardiology, bariatric surgery, thoracic surgery, and anesthesiology. Unlike large hospitals, La Peer's unique structure offers extremely personal care in a safe and controlled environment.
To learn more about La Peer Health Systems, visit http://www.lapeerhealth.com.