Pediatric Sports Injury Prevention: Monitoring Changes Over Time
|Project Dates:||2013-07-01 - 2015-06-30|
Charles H. Hood Foundation
Project Summary:Youth sport-related injury affects millions of children each year resulting in significant health care costs and potential for devastating long-term consequences, such as the early development of osteoarthritis. Exercise-based injury prevention programs performed as a sport warm-up activity can improve neuromuscular control and reduce the rate of lower extremity injuries, including injuries to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). The majority of previous research on injury prevention programs has been in adolescent or adult populations. Early intervention with children prior to high school may be critical for improving long-term adoption of injury prevention in sport and preventing future injury. There is a gap in knowledge about how to implement injury prevention programs in children younger than 14 years old with regards to the dosage and type of program needed to modify neuromuscular risk factors for injury.