Sutter Sports Enhancement Program
Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento
Dr. David B. Coward
2801 K Street, #310
Sacramento, California 95816
Phone: (916) 454-6677
To help female athletes who play competitive basketball, volleyball or soccer prevent Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injuries to their knees, orthopaedic surgeon David Coward, M.D., created the Sutter Sports Enhancement Program.
According to Dr. Coward, more young women are playing sports and therefore more are experiencing this painful injury that can keep them sidelined for an entire season. One in every 100 female athletes at the high school level is at risk for ACL injury each year. The risk is one in 10 female athletes at the college level.
Most injuries to this ligament are non-contact, meaning the athlete makes a cut or comes down from a jump and the ligament snaps. This injury is considered one of the biggest health and safety concerns in sports. However, there are several elements that can help female athletes decrease their risk factors for this type of knee injury.
The Sutter Sports Enhancement Program provides these elements through a series of exercises designed to help the player avoid vulnerable positions, increase flexibility and also increase strength. As female athletes carry out the elements to this plan, they will learn how to prevent injuries and enhance their athletic performances.The program is available, free of charge, on VHS or DVD by clicking here.