Injury prevention for female athletes

More girls are playing organized sports than ever before, which is amazing. Unfortunately, increased participation has put many female athletes at risk.

Female athletes age 15-19 have the highest rate of ACL injuries of any population. The ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) runs through the center of the knee joint and is placed under tremendous stress from the massive rotational forces generated by jumping, landing and changing direction -- all key aspects of court and field sports like soccer, basketball and lacrosse.

Girls tend to be at a higher risk for tearing their ACLs because of the angle of their hips and a lack of proprioception (or body awareness and control during movement). The most common culprit is landing in a knock-kneed or valgus position, as illustrated below.

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Thankfully, trainers and strength coaches are more knowledgeable than ever about the unique training needs of the female athlete. That's why Max Velocity Fitness + Performance is launching a sports performance training program specifically for high school-age female athletes. In addition to our proven Max Velocity Speed System for enhancing multi-directional speed for sports, we will be offering a complete strength and conditioning program. Since the health of the athlete is the No. 1 priority, our girls' program will include a proven, evidence-based ACL injury prevention program.

If you're a high school-age female athlete -- or the parent of one -- and would like to learn more, fill out the form here and we'll be in touch. The first 10 athletes who sign up receive 40% off their first 3-month program.

At Max Velocity, the athlete comes first.