Dr. Hacker shares three important ways for active women to avoid injuries.
So there are three important things for women as they prepare for any sport. Number one is strength. Focus on gaining appropriate strength in your legs, the quadriceps muscles in the front, the hamstring’s muscles in the back. These muscles are extremely important in order to work together in order to prevent injuries in the knee.
Number two, conditioning, overall conditioning. Focus on your cardiovascular exercise and your overall health and state of being before you try to go out and do something such as going out to ski. These are very strenuous activities, and if you are just the weekend warrior, you are often not prepared to go out and tackle these sort of things unless you have worked on it ahead of time.
Number three, have the right equipment. Have shoes that are properly fit to your feet and that are able to absorb the shock from running or other equipment that’s in good condition and isn’t worn out. Certainly all the three of these of components are essential in order to prevent injuries.
About Dr. Hacker, M.D., M.S.:
Dr. Hacker specializes in sports medicine, both on and off the field. Dr. Hacker completed extensive training in bioengineering at both the undergraduate and graduate level, and was given a Regent's Fellowship as well as a National Science Foundation Honorable Mention for his work. He completed a Master's Thesis in Engineering on the properties of meniscal tissue in addition to multiple projects including pioneering research in ACL healing and repair. He then served as director of the Coutts Institute in San Diego, a leading center for Orthopaedic research. Dr. Hacker completed an orthopedic research fellowship studying the ability to grow and transplant cartilage.