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Preventing overuse injuries in female athletes

 FLORENCE, S.C. (WMBF) -Summer-like weather here on the Grand Strand offers parents around the country opportunity for their children to participate in several youth baseball and softball tournaments happening now. However, the wear and tear of those events can have a negative effect on your child's health.

Although playing one sport year-round can raise a young athlete's skill level and prepare them for the next level of competition, doctors say the repetitive motion can do more harm than good.

A new study conducted by the The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center shows that high school girls are at much higher risk of overuse injuries, such as tendinitis or a stress fracture, than their male counterparts.

“A female's knee, when you run, jump and cut is different than a males knee when you run, jump and cut," said Dr. Patrick Denton, Orthopaedic Surgeon, Pee Dee Orthopaedics. "Certain muscle groups activate at different times.”

These neuromuscular differences and the alarming rate at which female athletes are injured led to a $10,000 grant from the Mcleod foundation to properly train the Mcleod sports medicine staff in sports metrics, the sports performance training program scientifically proven to reduce the risk of knee injury while increasing athletic ability.

"Our goal at Mcleod is to prevent those injuries," said Paul John, Director of Mcleod Sports Medicine. "When you think about our mission in the community, it's to prevent injuries and to keep people healthy and well and were trying to do that with the sports metric program.”

Since 2010, sportsmetrics has been implemented into several Pee Dee sports programs including Darlington, Wilson and South Florence high schools. Through a 6-week course, trainers measure athletic ability with a series of jump training exercises,like box jumps, and speed and agility training with cone drills. The results are then evaluated and corrections made where necessary.

"Really it's retraining their body and making the athlete understand where their knee position is in space when they do the cutting and the landing type thing that they're going to do on the court here," Dave Stoklosa, Certified athletic trainer, Sports performance specialist. "If we do the box jump after the program, it's night and day as far as the knee position goes."

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