Drayer Offering Knee Injury Prevention Program This Summer

The staff at Drayer Physical Therapy Institute has a wealth of experience helping athletes recover from serious knee injuries, and they’re using that knowledge to try to reduce the number they see in the future.

Drayer is offering a six-week Successful Knee Injury Prevention (SKIP) program this summer aimed at preventing serious knee injuries such as anterior cruciate ligaments (ACL) tears.

Statistics show two-thirds of serious knee injuries occur in non-contact situations. These injuries commonly occur in situations that require dynamic control, balance, and lower extremity and core strength, which makes them especially prevalent in adolescent female athletes.

The specially-designed SKIP program, which was researched and developed by Bill Johnson, Drayer’s area manager in Virginia, is a sequence of highly-specific training sessions that educate participants in proper jumping, landing and cutting techniques with an emphasis on quality of training. SKIP begins with a physical and athletic assessment, including analysis that identifies athletes’ strength deficits, tight muscles, and faulty jumping and landing techniques. SKIP sessions are performed twice a week for six weeks, and exercises progress in three phases, each one building on the one before. Each two-week phase includes instruction regarding dynamic flexibility and warm-up, strength training, jumping and plyometric exercises and progression, and static stretches and partner stretches.

The initial assessment will be done June 7, and the program begins June 12 and runs through July 19 with a final assessment July 26. Sessions will take place Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8-10 a.m. at Hilton Head Christian Academy. Cost is $70 for all 12 sessions with a 10 percent discount for team registrations of eight or more players.

To register or for more information, contact Sarah Kraushar at 843-681-5640 or skraushar@drayerpt.com.

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