News Release

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Contact: Kira Davies Kira.Davies@chkd.org (757) 668-6644

CHKD Sports Medicine Offers Knee Injury Prevention Program for Girls

April 12-May 19 at the CHKD Health Center in Kempsville

Norfolk, Va. –- Young female athletes -- particularly those who play soccer, volleyball and basketball -- are more prone than their male counterparts to injure the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) of the knee, but research has shown that proper conditioning and training can reduce the rate of these devastating injuries by as much as 80 percent.

CHKD’s sports medicine program will offer an ACL injury prevention classes for female athletes Mondays and Wednesdays from 7 to 8 p.m. from April 12 to May 19. Classes will be held at the CHKD Health Center, located at 171 Kempsville Road, Building A, in Norfolk.

The class will be taught by CHKD Sports Medicine physical therapist Kira Davies, DPT, and include strengthening techniques, core stabilization exercises, plyometrics (jump training), stretching, balance and coordination training. The class will also focus on proper jumping, landing and cutting techniques. The cost is $75. For more information, please contact Kira Davies at kira.davies@chkd.org or 757-668-6644.

Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters Health System is the only health system in Virginia and northeastern North Carolina dedicated exclusively to serving the unique medical, surgical, and psychosocial needs of children; both inpatient and outpatient.