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ACL Prevention Program Now Offering Online Certification

HSS Sports Safety Launches Digital Coach Education Platform

New York, NY—September 17, 2018

With approximately 250,000 ACL reconstructions performed in the U.S. each year1, youth and high school sports organizations are devoting more time and resources to preventing this devastating injury. To support these efforts, the HSS Sports Safety team has worked with partners throughout the tristate region to provide ACL injury education to nearly 7,000 coaches, parents, and young athletes at over 100 free workshops, camps, clinics, and community presentations.

Until now, only coaches in the New York City area could partake in live workshops to learn how to reduce the risk of injury in young athletes. Today, we are launching an online course for coaches that replicates the live workshop experience. Coaches across the U.S. and throughout the world can now learn how to effectively protect their athletes by implementing a Neurodynamic Warm-Up with their teams.

"ACL injuries are a major public health concern with significant short- and long-term impact for young athletes," said James Kinderknecht, MD, primary care sports medicine physician at HSS and co-medical director of HSS Sports Safety. "This course provides youth and high school coaches with a unique education experience and practical tools to help keep young athletes safe and healthy."

According to our surveys, 99 percent of coaches who participated in live workshops reported an increase in their understanding of how to reduce the risk of ACL injury and effectively implement an ACL injury prevention program for their athletes. Additionally, all coaches who participated said they would recommend the workshop to other youth sports coaches.

"Since its inception, our program has encouraged coaches, administrators, young athletes, and their parents to share the responsibility for reducing the risk of ACL injuries," said Joseph Janosky, director of HSS Sports Safety. "We have seen firsthand the positive impact that educating coaches has had, and we look forward to sharing this important resource outside of the New York metropolitan area."

Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) pioneered the Sports Safety ACL program in mid-2016 under a grant from HSS board member James Dinan and his wife, Elizabeth Miller, through The Dinan Family Foundation.

1 Am J Sports Med September 2, 2016 The Cost-Effectiveness of Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction in Competitive Athletes. Bruce A. Stewart, MD, MBA, Amit M. Momaya, MD, Marc D. Silverstein, MD and David Lintner, MD. Investigation performed at the Houston Methodist Hospital, Houston, Texas, USA


About HSS | Hospital for Special Surgery
HSS is the world’s leading academic medical center focused on musculoskeletal health. At its core is Hospital for Special Surgery, nationally ranked No. 1 in orthopedics (for the ninth consecutive year) and No. 3 in rheumatology by U.S.News & World Report (2018-2019). Founded in 1863, the Hospital has one of the lowest infection rates in the country and was the first in New York State to receive Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing Service from the American Nurses Credentialing Center four consecutive times. The global standard total knee replacement was developed at HSS in 1969. An affiliate of Weill Cornell Medical College, HSS has a main campus in New York City and facilities in New Jersey, Connecticut and in the Long Island and Westchester County regions of New York State. In 2017 HSS provided care to 135,000 patients and performed more than 32,000 surgical procedures. People from all 50 U.S. states and 80 countries travelled to receive care at HSS. In addition to patient care, HSS leads the field in research, innovation and education. The HSS Research Institute comprises 20 laboratories and 300 staff members focused on leading the advancement of musculoskeletal health through prevention of degeneration, tissue repair and tissue regeneration. The HSS Global Innovation Institute was formed in 2016 to realize the potential of new drugs, therapeutics and devices. The culture of innovation is accelerating at HSS as 130 new idea submissions were made to the Global Innovation Institute in 2017 (almost 3x the submissions in 2015). The HSS Education Institute is the world’s leading provider of education on the topic on musculoskeletal health, with its online learning platform offering more than 600 courses to more than 21,000 medical professional members worldwide. Through HSS Global Ventures, the institution is collaborating with medical centers and other organizations to advance the quality and value of musculoskeletal care and to make world-class HSS care more widely accessible nationally and internationally.


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