Keeping Female Athletes in the Game

Female athletes who participate in jumping and pivoting sports are 2 to 10 times more likely to sustain a knee ligament injury, such as an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury, than male athletes participating in the same sports. 

 

To keep women and girls off the sidelines and in the game, the sports medicine experts at Mercy Health are proud to offer Sportsmetrics™, the first ACL injury prevention and performance program scientifically proven to decrease serious knee ligament injuries in female athletes.

Sportsmetrics is a six-week jump training program that is comprised of a dynamic warm-up, jump/plyometric drills, strength training, speed and agility and flexibility exercises. It focuses on developing overall leg strength as well as improving balance in strength from the front to the back of the thigh.

With more and more women and girls participating in sports, the need for Sportsmetrics™ continues to grow. To date, 1,500 physical therapists and athletic trainers in 49 states and 9 countries have been certified to use the program.

The program was developed by Mercy Health’s Dr. Frank Noyes and the doctors and researchers at Cincinnati Sports Medicine Research and Education Foundation.

For more information visit Sportsmetrics.org, call 513-346-4514 or send us an email.

Sports Medicine Staff

 

battagliaAthletic Trainer Barbara Battaglia is a native of Chicago, and has a master’s degree in Developmental Kinesiology from Bowling Green University, and received her degree in Athletic Training in 2012 from Xavier University. While at BGSU, she worked primarily with the women’s basketball team and men’s and women’s golf teams. She also had responsibilities surrounding Falcon football. As an undergraduate at Xavier University, she worked with the Musketeers’ men’s basketball, women’s volleyball, tennis, track and cross country programs, and also gained experience working with the St. Xavier High School football team.

 

kyle hickeyAthletic Trainer Kyle Hickey is a 2013 graduate of the Xavier athletic training program, where he served as the primary athletic trainer for the women's soccer team. He also joined the sports medicine team as an intern athletic trainer in 2015. Prior to his return to Xavier, Hickey received his master's degree in sports administration from the University of New Mexico, where he served as a graduate assistant athletic trainer with primary team responsibility  with the women's soccer team, while assisting with sports medicine coverage for Lobo track and field, swimming and football. He also served as a preceptor for students in the athletic training program. Hickey is certified by the National Athletic Trainers Board and is a licensed athletic trainer in the state of Ohio. He is also a certified kinesiotape practitioner. Kyle currently resides in Cincinnati.

 

nayakDr. Suresh Nayak is the Turpin Athletics Team Physician from Wellington Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine and Mercy Health. He has been striving for excellence in Orthopaedic Surgery since 1995. His practice involves Sports Medicine and Joint Replacement surgery. This includes arthroscopic surgery of the hip, knee and shoulder. Surgeries include, for the hip: labral repair, FAI surgery. Shoulder: rotator cuff repair; instability reconstruction, SLAP lesion repair. Knee: meniscal repair, ligament reconstruction. Cartilage preservation procedures are also a keen interest. In joint reconstruction, state of the art procedures such as Anterior Approach Total Hip Replacement, Hip Resurfacing and Computer Navigated Total Knee Replacement are routine. Shoulder replacement surgery proceeds from Hemi-cap to Total Shoulder Replacement and includes the Reverse Ball and Socket, Delta prosthesis.These surgeries are married with the latest techniques in post surgery pain management protocols and with Implants that have proven longevity.