HIGH POINT, N.C., June 11, 2014 – What if career-altering injuries like a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) or stress fractures could be identified and stopped before sidelining star athletes? High Point University’s Dr. Eric Hegedus, professor and chair of the Department of Physical Therapy, recently gave a presentation on the topic of injury screening and prevention at the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association annual national conference in Salt Lake City.
In his presentation, Hegedus explained how physical performance tests, like hop and agility tests, could be used during pre-season practice sessions to screen athletes for injuries before they happen.
“In other words, if these tests can predict an increased injury in athletes, then the next step would be to use strengthening, motor learning and conditioning to prevent those injuries from happening,” he says.
The research included in Hegedus’ presentation came from his work with students, physical therapy, exercise science and athletic training faculty, athletic trainers, strength and conditioning coaches, team coaches and athletes at HPU.