ROSEMONT, Pa. – Dr. Ted Ganley, Director of Sports Medicine at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, will hold a discussion with parents on Monday, August 29 about how to prevent ACL and other knee injuries in female athletes as part of a special presentation sponsored by The Agnes Irwin School’s Center for the Advancement of Girls (CAG).
Dr. Ganley and his team at CHOP’s Sports Medicine & Performance Center have developed training protocols for sports injury prevention, including conditioning routines tailored to female body proportions, biomechanical ratios and physics.
Dr. Ganley is also a proponent of the slogan “no gain with pain,” cautioning athletes against playing through discomfort and urging early intervention for injuries. In recent years, medical research has shown that overuse and overexposure can sideline young athletes. Fatigue and pain are signals to rest.
Dr. Ganley, an orthopedic surgeon and CAG advisory board member, will talk about how young muscles and bones grow at different rates, constantly changing the balance and stretch in a child’s neuromuscular and skeletal components. Adolescents can be especially tight in certain areas, and inappropriate strain or biomechanics can cause injury. Varied training routines are advisable at different ages. The program begins at 7:30 PM in the school’s West-Wike Theatre, Ithan Avenue and Conestoga Road in Rosemont, Pa. The event is free and open to the public.
The Center for the Advancement of Girls (CAG) is an intellectual site for the practice, application and dissemination of best research in girls’ education. Its mission is to empower girls to be leaders in a global community and to develop the cognitive-social-emotional tools and resilient mindset needed to lead healthy, balanced lives.