designed a Ridgefield Sports ACL INJURY
PREVENTION PROGRAM to help reduce injuries
caused by weakness or imbalances to boys and  girls
in Ridgefield  Middle School and High School Sports.

Like many Ridgefield teenager athletes deeply
involved in sports, Ridgefield Sports players travel
like professional athletes in their early teens.

It is not uncommon that a team with 18 players can
suffer up to eight A.C.L. tears- eight during
high-school years: or chronic ankle problems.
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ACL Injury Prevention Program

The A.C.L. is a small, rubber-band-like fiber, no
bigger than a little finger that attaches to the femur in
the upper leg and the tibia in the lower leg and
stabilizes the knee. When it ruptures, the
reconstructive surgery is complicated and the
rehabilitation painful and long. It usually takes six to
nine months to return to competition, even for
professional athletes.

Just because a kid is good at a sport does not mean he
or  she has the foundational strength or movement
patterns to stand up to constant play,” Mr. Herzog
says. “What I’d like to be able to say is: ‘Before you
engage in a sport like lacrosse, I am going to teach
you how to move. And I am going to give you

Herzog’s Ridgefield Sports program has direct
parallels with the research focused on biomechanics
(the way athletes move) in no small part because gait
patterns can be modified, unlike anatomical
characteristics like wider hips.

Herzog points out that in his empirical research, boys
and girls athletes have insufficient core muscle
strength, balance or overall coordination to play
safely. Their movement patterns put their knees and
probably their ankles, hips and backs at risk.

One goal is to strengthen abdominal muscles, which
help set the whole body in protective athletic
positions, and to improve balance through a series of
plyometric exercises forward, backward and lateral

Greg stresses the importance of training boys and
girls athletes as young as possible, by their early teens
or even younger. “Once something is learned
neurally, it is never unlearned,” he says. “It never
leaves you. That’s mostly good. It’s why motor skills
are retained even after serious injuries. But ways of
moving are also ingrained, which makes retraining
more difficult with the older athletes. The younger
girls are more like blank slates. They’re easier to work

For more information call 203-240-4020.