New York, NY (PRWEB) January 12, 2006
As part of his ongoing Women?s ?Knee-Sense? Accelerate ACL Awareness Campaign, noted knee expert and published author Dr. Ronald P. Grelsamer will present a seminar on the prevention and treatment of knee injuries in young women at New York?s prestigious Nightingale-Bamford School, 20 E. 92nd Street, on January 24, 2006 at 6:30 p.m.
Said Dr. Grelsamer, ?The predisposition of young women who participate in organized school sports, or are in training to become professional athletes, to Anterior Cruciate Ligament tears is a very timely, yet overlooked, epidemic in our country. Recent studies executed during the past decade indicate that the risk of female ACL injuries is 5 – 6 times greater than for males, and can begin as early as puberty for those who play sports that involve jumping, rapid pivoting, sudden stops and starts such as soccer, basketball, and volleyball. Fortunately, there are undemanding and effective training exercises that can prevent these types of injuries.?
Orthopedists, coaches and sports researchers agree that ACL injuries cause significant health and inflated health costs. ?ACL damage is often linked to repetitive strain due to overuse,? said Dr. Grelsamer, ?occurring as a result of sudden stops and turns or bad landings after jumps. Researchers attribute the discrepancy between men and women to differences in the way females jump and land, and to actual anatomical variances. Theories have most recently centered on joint laxity, and body position. Strength per se does not seem to be an issue.
“Exercises that strengthen the quadriceps and hamstring muscles while promoting balance are important. Women can reeducate their muscles to run and land from jumps more safely and lightly, with flexed knees, rather than straight knee landings which put more strain on the anterior cruciate ligaments. Young women should also be trained to use their hamstrings rather than their quadriceps muscles; to minimize twisting as well as bending movements of the landing leg; and to roll their feet as they hit the ground.”
Dr. Grelsamer advises school coaches and sports trainers to implement specific training regimes such as weight training and conditioning programs, as well as sport-specific skill drills that teach safe positioning, balance and agility. ?The sooner an answer is found, the sooner steps can be taken to bridge the gap,? stressed Dr. Grelsamer. ?ACL injuries may be preventable, but women must be educated and conditioned at young ages.?
Visit Dr. Ronald Grelsamer’s Blog on his website, http://www.hippain.com
Ronald P. Grelsamer, M.D., is currently the chief of hip and knee reconstruction at Maimonides Medical Center, and a noted staff orthopedic specialist at the NYU Medical Center and Hospital for Joint Diseases Orthopaedic Institute. A highly regarded knee and hip surgeon, Grelsamer has been listed in Castle Connolly?s ?America?s Top Doctors,? and in New York Magazine?s ?Best Doctors of New York? for many years.
Traditionally trained and educated, Grelsamer is an avid patient advocate at the forefront of orthopedic research and technology, who integrates the latest treatments and surgery options into his practice. He has been treating people of all ages for over twenty years at his two offices in New York City and Brooklyn, New York. He has also shared his expertise with the public on CBS 2 News stories, NBC?s Today Show, ABC?s Eyewitness News, FOX TV, Plum TV, and in publications such as Forbes Magazine and USA Today.
Books Authored By Ronald P. Grelsamer, M.D. include:
“What Your Doctor May NOT Tell You About Hip and Knee Replacement Surgery.” Ronald P. Grelsamer. Warner Books, 2004
“What Your Doctor May NOT Tell You About Knee Pain and Surgery.” Ronald P. Grelsamer. Warner Books, 2002
“La Rotula – approcio d’equipe.” Ronald P. Grelsamer and J. McConnell PT, GDMT.
Translated by A. Albasini. Masson Milano, 2001
“The Patella: A Team Approach.” Ronald P. Grelsamer and J. McConnell PT, GDMT. Aspen Press, 1998
“The Columbia-Presbyterian Osteoarthritis Handbook.” Ronald P. Grelsamer and Suzanne Loebl, New York: Macmillan, 1996
To schedule Dr. Grelsamer for in-person and telephone interviews, or to request a media kit, please contact Diana Aceti Public Relations, Phone -631-613-6057; Fax 1-631-907-5246; Cell 1-631-255-9489.
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