Daily Archives: February 24, 2009

UC Davis Women’s Lacrosse Midfielder Gina Hoffmire And Stanford’s Lauren Schmidt Named Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Lacrosse Players Of The Week


gina-hoffmireucdavislacrosseUC Davis sophomore midfielder Gina Hoffmire (pictured left) was selected as Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Co-Player of the Week, it was announced by the conference office on Monday. The Corte Madera, Calif. native shared the honors with Stanford’s Lauren Schmidt.laurenschmidtstanfordlacrosse

Hoffmire scored a career-high four goals, including the game-winner with 36 seconds remaining in overtime, to lead UC Davis to a 14-13 conference win over Saint Mary’s Sunday. She also posted one assist, four draw controls, three ground balls and two caused turnovers (steals) in the victory.

Schmidt tallied five goals in two games as Stanford bested Albany then lost to No. 3 Albany for the week.

UC Davis hosts Stanford in its home opener on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. The MPSF contest will be the first lacrosse game played under the new lights of Aggie Stadium.

http://ucdavisaggies.cstv.com/sports/w-lacros/spec-rel/022309aae.html

Lacrosse Injuries: Santa Monica Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Research Foundation Can Reduce ACL Injuries In Women Lacrosse Players Through “The PEP Program: Prevent injury and Enhance Performance”


santamonicaorthopaedicandsportsmedicinegroup

“What’s interesting about that particular injury is that there isn’t another injury that seems to follow that gender trend. They seem to be more of a sport trend, like you see equal number of ankle sprains in men’s and women’s soccer, but if you look at the ACL specifically, whether it’s women’s soccer, women’s basketball, women’s volleyball, the rates are much higher then males in the same sport.”

“We had a 72 percent reduction in noncontact ACL injuries in our intervention group,” Silvers said, “and we had a 100 percent reduction of ACL injures, both contact and non-contact injuries, in the last six weeks of the season.”

PEP \”ACL INJURY\” REDUCTION PROGRAM

(CLICK LINK ABOVE)

Former Wizards goalie Tony Meola may have inadvertently helped reduce the number of ACL injuries that women suffer.

When Meola suffered a torn ACL in 1999, his sister-in-law decided to study more about the injury. Holly Silvers, who is with the American Physical Therapy Association, happens to be the sister of Colleen Meola, Tony’s wife.

“That got me very interested in noncontact mechanisms and why they happen,” Silvers said in a phone interview. “Here we are 10 years later.”

Now, Silvers has a workout regime, known as the PEP program, that she says has shown to reduce the number of ACL injuries in female soccer players.

Silvers, who specializes in sports orthopaedic rehabilitation methods in Santa Monica, Calif., helped develop the program, which was taken to 61 Division I women’s soccer teams for study in the fall of 2002.

Links to the specific aspects of the PEP program, along with video of athletes doing the program, can be found below.

“We took the warmup that they were doing previously and discarded it,” said Silvers, who is a member of the U.S. Soccer Federation men’s and women’s medical team. “We gave them a replacement one with strengthening exercises, plyometrics and agility drills that would focus on the major deficits that we saw in women who were incurring ACL injuries.”

The program takes 20 minutes to complete and teams did it two to three times a week. Silvers and eight others tracked injuries within the teams and a control group that utilized the warmup it had done in past. After the season, she compared injury rates for a study that appeared in the August issue of the American Journal of Sports Medicine.

“We had a 72 percent reduction in noncontact ACL injuries in our intervention group,” Silvers said, “and we had a 100 percent reduction of ACL injures, both contact and non-contact injuries, in the last six weeks of the season.”

Yes — a 100 percent reduction. That means there were no ACL injuries in the last six weeks of the season.

Silvers’ program targets female athletes, she said, because the ACL injury rate for women is anywhere from two to 10 times higher than men depending on sport.

“It’s a significant difference,” Silvers said. “What’s interesting about that particular injury is that there isn’t another injury that seems to follow that gender trend. They seem to be more of a sport trend, like you see equal number of ankle sprains in men’s and women’s soccer, but if you look at the ACL specifically, whether it’s women’s soccer, women’s basketball, women’s volleyball, the rates are much higher then males in the same sport.”

Silvers, who is the director of rehabilitation for Major League Soccer’s Chivas USA, said her program can be tailored for any women’s sport where ACL injuries are an issue.

“The nice thing about it is you can be on the field with no additional equipment necessary,” Silvers said. “You only need cones and a ball, so it’s socially-economically responsible. You’re not inhibited by having to go to a facility or needing a lot of additional equipment.”

http://www.aclprevent.com/

http://www.kansascity.com/844/story/1048151.html

Boys Lacrosse Profile: Canandaigua Academy (NY) To Be Featured In “Online Lacrosse Documentary” Titled “Season In The Balance” Produced By New Balance Athletic Shoes


If you play high school lacrosse, you’ve probably heard of Canandaigua Academy. You may wish you hadn’t, though. Won-lost records like 19-3, 19-2 and 17-3 arent the exception at Canandaigua; theyre the rule. Congrats to Canandaigua for being the second team selected in New Balance’s Season in the Balance sports documentary casting search.

https://www.seasoninthebalance.com/Default.aspx

http://canandaiguaacademy.nysection5boyslax.com/

New Balance Athletic Shoe Inc., a Boston company that is perhaps best known for footwear that has found favor with middle-age runners, said that one of its latest marketing efforts will be an “online documentary” that follows the exploits of a high school lacrosse team.

In 10 weekly “Web-isodes,” viewers will be able to follow the spring lacrosse season of Canandaigua Academy in Upstate New York, New Balance said; the documentary can be found at a special website – http://www.SeasonInTheBalance.com – and the series is scheduled to begin March 16.

Along with Brine, a Milford company that makes athletic equipment for such sports as lacrosse and that New Balance acquired in 2006, New Balance said it will donate roughly $60,000 worth of gear to the school.

The SeasonInTheBalance website includes a feature called “Locker Room,” where website visitors can learn more about the gear featured in the documentary and link to online retailers that sell those products, New Balance said.

Company spokeswoman Kristen Sullivan said the “Season in the Balance” initiative is part of an effort to reach out to high school athletes. While lacrosse is a sport “growing by leaps and bounds,” it’s also small enough that New Balance’s marketing effort can be expected to “make a big impression” and generate a lot of noise within lacrosse circles, she said.

Canandaigua Academy was chosen from among a large pool of applicants because of its “passion” for lacrosse and its “long heritage” in the sport, Sullivan added.

New Balance, a private company that has annual sales of roughly $1.6 billion, has long been known for unusual marketing campaigns. Many of its rivals have paid big bucks to famous athletes to promote their products, but New Balance once mounted an ad campaign with the slogan, “Endorsed by no one.” Its current marketing slogan is “LOVE/hate. This is the New Balance.”

 

http://www.boston.com/business/ticker/2009/02/new_balance_pla.html