Student Athletes

As summer winds down and the back-to-school season kicks into high gear, it’s not just the return of the classroom and textbooks that’s top of mind for many students. For those with a passion for sports, this time of year marks the start of a new athletic season and the opportunity to hit the field, court or track with enthusiasm. While the excitement is palpable, it’s also crucial to consider the safety and performance optimization of our young athletes.

One critical tool in ensuring the well-being and success of student athletes is the Landing Error Scoring System (LESS) Test. This valuable assessment is a game changer in the world of sports, offering a window into an athlete’s risk of non-contact ACL injuries and other lower limb injuries.

Understanding the LESS Test

 The LESS Test is a comprehensive evaluation designed to assess athletes’ landing techniques, specifically focusing on how they land from a jump. Why is this important? The statistics surrounding ACL injuries are eye-opening. Approximately 25-30% of athletes who sustain an ACL injury, undergo surgery, and complete rehabilitation will experience a re-rupture of the repaired ACL or the contralateral side within the first year of returning to sports.

The rehabilitation journey for an ACL repair is arduous, spanning nine months before an athlete can even contemplate a return to sport. When we factor in the risk of re-rupture, it becomes evident that such an injury can cost an athlete two seasons of their sporting career. These statistics emphasize the need for proactive measures to protect our young athletes from such devastating setbacks.

The LESS Test as a Preventive Measure

 The LESS Test, when correctly administered, serves as a powerful tool to identify landing errors that may predispose athletes to ACL injuries and other lower limb injuries. By evaluating an athlete’s landing technique during a jump, this test can pinpoint issues such as poor knee alignment, which can lead to injury during activities like running, cutting, and jumping. Identifying these problems early can make all the difference in an athlete’s career.

Custom Orthotics: The Key to Performance and Injury Prevention

 Once the LESS Test has provided valuable insights into an athlete’s landing technique and injury predisposition, it’s time to take action. This is where custom orthotics step onto the field. Custom, flexible orthotics can play a pivotal role in optimizing knee alignment and overall biomechanics during athletic movements.

Foot Levelers’ custom orthotics are individually designed to cater to an athlete’s unique foot structure and requirements. With our patented 3 Arch Advantage®, Foot Levelers orthotics address all three arches of the foot for complete and proper arch support that stabilizes the entire body, optimizing biomechanical function throughout the entire kinetic chain. When integrated into an athlete’s training and competition routine, custom flexible orthotics can enhance performance, reduce the risk of injury, and contribute to long-term athletic success.

Investing in Our Student Athletes’ Futures

As parents, coaches, and healthcare professionals, it’s our responsibility to provide student athletes with every advantage possible. The LESS Test equips us with the knowledge needed to identify injury risks and tailor preventative measures, including custom orthotics, to each athlete’s unique needs.

As the new school year kicks off, let’s continue to support our young sports enthusiasts and help them reach their full athletic potential, injury-free.

Investing in the health and future of our student athletes is an investment in the future of sports excellence.

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