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Q. Laura, I'm an AAU coach for a competitive girl's basketball team. Each season, we seem to see players' injuries related to the ACL or other knee problems. It's gotten to the point that I realize something needs to be done, but I have never received any type of formal training on this. Now what? What can I do to train my players, knowing that I have the best information out there?

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Q. Hi Laura. Thanks so much for everything you are doing for Women's Basketball. My question is, can you offer some general guidelines how training for girls differs than that for boys? I have coached both girls and boys high school programs, and use similar training. Now I am hearing that I should be cautious about using the same techniques. Please advise.

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    Q. Laura, I coach Junior High level girls basketball. I've read that the Girls Can Jump training program is an eight week program and should be done before playing starts. What if I only have three weeks before games begin? Also, is the program suitable for junior high level players?

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    Q. Hi Laura, I really love your website - thanks for everything. I'm a Post for a Division II girls team, and would like to add at least a couple of inches to my vertical. Do you have any specific training regimen for this? Thanks!

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    Q. Why exactly can some players jump higher and quicker than others? Were they born that way? I do everything my coaches tell me to do, and just don't seem to be making the type of progress I want to. What suggestions do you have. I am 17 years old, and play Varsity.

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    Q. What are orthodics and how can they help my game?

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    Q. What are your thoughts about the athletic sports cushion insoles that you can find at WalMarts and drug stores? Does the cushion and padding really help protect against shock? Is this important?

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    Q. It's embarrassing to me, but even worse it hurts and it's starting to affect my game. I have bunions and hammer toes, and it seems to be getting worse. What can I do about it?

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    Q. Laura, why do some people say that team shoes - everybody wearing the same style - is a bad idea? What's that all about? They seem to fit me OK, but some of the other players and their parents are complaining.

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    Q. I have a Women's size 13 and it is almost impossible to find my shoe size. Also, when I find my size, I either don't like the style or they feel uncomfortable. So I end up wearing men's shoes, but they seem always to be a lot wider. Is that OK? Are men's shoes designed differently?

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    Q. Laura, I see these jump training shoes advertised, and they cost a lot of money - some over $120. They say in their advertisements that they can really help increase vertical jump. What's the story? From your experience, are they practical and do they work? What kind of results have you actually witnessed on the professional level, with players using these jump training shoes? Or are these special jump training shoes some type of marketing gimmick? ps. I have a friend and teammate who bought them, and they never use them anymore - I can't really get a straight answer from her. I wonder why not ! ? ! Thanks!

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    Q. Trainers must see a lot of knee injuries, day in and day out. Are there any patterns you are finding with female athletes - are there any similarities between players that would suggest that they may be predisposed to an ACL injury? Also, what is the best type of doctor to go to, who understands ACL predisposition among female athletes?

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    Q. I hear about something called "the Q angle" as it relates to evaluating female's knees. What is a Q angle, and why is it of interest to trainers and doctors?

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    Q. Are there any statistics that the NCAA makes available, that documents the percentage of female athletes who have had a torn ACL at some point in their school career - whether in high school or college. I am interested to learn this, and see how it compares with ACL injuries among male NCAA players.

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    Q. I would like to know how much the average ACL injury would cost a patient, and on average, how long does it take for a patient to recover and get back to playing like before the injury. Thanks.

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    Q. My daughter plays basketball for a high school varsity team, and I have already seen our share of ACL and knee injuries among the players in our area. If there is one thing that I can do to help prevent my daughter from becoming a statistic, what would that be?

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    Q. Laura, whenever we go to games, we see a lot of different type of gear worn by players. I ask around, and it doesn't sound like the gear is selected by a doctor or trainer, but there are a lot of different types of protection that high school female athletes are wearing. Knee pads of all types, ankle protection, knee strips, elbow guards. Who really knows best? How do I counsel my daughter. I don't feel like my doctor really has a clue, and the coaches are mushy about it all, when I ask. No specifics, just vague answers. How do parents know what the right gear should be?

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    Q. What suggestions do you have for warm up before practice? How should warmup for practice differ than warm up just before a game?

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    Q. Laura, I watch some other teams beginning their warmups before a game with lengthy stretching exercises. However, our coach insists that we stretch before coming out to the court, and instead we have dynamic warm up drills 100% pre-game while on the court. What are the merits of each? Who's right?

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       Q. We'll be posting your questions about soccer training here, so please send us your emails with any questions!

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       Q. We'll be posting your questions about volleyball training here, so please send us your emails with any questions!

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       Q. We'll be posting your questions about basketball training here, so please send us your emails with any questions!

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       Q. Laura, we live in the Houston, Texas area. When do you plan on your next trip to Houston, to review the program and techniques? We love your video tape, and would like to have you review again to make sure our daughter has the right techniques down pat. We can't wait for you to come ! Just let us know. Thanks !!!

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    Q. I'm starting to see a lot more players wear ankle braces. What's that all about? Does it require a doctor's prescription for an ankle brace? How do you select the right one? I seem to be re-spraining my ankle more than others, and am wondering if I need one.

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    Q. I'm looking for information about shin splints. What causes them? How they are treated? How I can prevent from getting them again, once I get over it.

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    Q. Does increased ligament laxity place the female athlete at higher risk for shoulder instability and injury? What can be done about it?

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    Q. Just how useful are rotator cuff strengthening exercises to prevent shoulder injuries?

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    Q. Laura, what is an AC joint and what occurs during injury?

    A. The Acromioclavicular (AC) joint is the junction of the clavicle (collar bone) and the shoulder. Separation of the AC joint occurs with a fall onto the shoulder. This tears the ligaments that stabilize the clavicle, and results in elevation of the clavicle, creating a prominent bump on the top of the shoulder. Complete tearing of the ligaments is called a type three injury.

   
Q. Laura, my doctor tells me that my shoulder ligaments are stretched but not torn. I really want to get back to my sport as soon as possible and the idea of surgery has me worried. As a professional trainer and physical therapist, can you please comment on therapy that would lessen the need for surgery? Also, I heard about a treatment called Shrinkage Capsulorraphy, is there a lot of experience with this type of treatment for torn shoulder ligaments?

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    Q. Laura, I'm a female volleyball player, 23 years old, and have been playing for 9 years now. My shoulder pain has been increasing to such an extent that maybe I need to slow it down and take a break. That really concerns me, because it would be such a lifestyle change for me. No one seems to have an answer what's going on to get a diagnosis, and I do not like taking the pain pills. Lately, I've heard about something called internal impingement. What's that? Do you know a sports doctor in the LA area who specializes in this, that can help?

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    Q. Laura, when do you plan on releasing more videotapes on other subjects. I'd especially like a video on how to properly buy an athletic shoe for my daughter, who plays soccer. Some of the soccer shoes on the market today scare me so, they seem so unbalanced and I am concerned that the instability from the shoes may increase the chance of an injury. Where can I get more information to make an informed decision ?

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Q. Laura, we'd like to send you an email for more information and to ask some questions. How do we do that?

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Caraffa, Cerulli and Projetti report that the three main noncontact injury mechanisms are planting and cutting, straight-knee stopping, and one-step landing with the knee hyperextended.

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