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Institute for Scholastic Sports Science and Medicine

"Linking the gap between science and sport at HW" "Our school has a tremendous opportunity to assess the impact of sports participation on middle and high school-age athletes," said Head of Athletics, Audrius Barzdukas. "Most sports science research is done on college-age athletes--a program that will allow researchers to study our kids, on campus, using the latest scientific technology and equipment, will be revolutionary." Care--provide the best injury prevention, treatment and rehabilitation program for HW students-athletes/performing arts. Research--study the effects of exercise, treatment and (sport) participation on scholasticaged athletes. Education--share knowledge with our students, community and public.

The creation and operation of the Institute will provide a programmatic focus and vehicle ­ and thus a gravitas - to the sport science and medicine programs currently provided by H-W. The Institute will provide a platform to expand these programs and reap even greater benefits for the HW Community. The projects completed and underway are examples of the opportunities for campus-based student research participation and improved care for our athletes which we hope will result from this program. Projects already undertaken:

The KJOC (Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic) Core Strength, Agility and Plyometrics (CAP) Program (examining benefits to utilizing core stability, neuromuscular and balance training, plyometrics and jump training exercises as a pre-participation warm-up. 2007 Validation Study of the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopedic Clinic (KJOC) Shoulder and Elbow Score in Youth Overhead Athletes (comparing three shoulder outcome scores in youth overhead athletes in order to validate a recently developed questionnaire specifically designed for overhead athletes. 2009 Dr Barrack/Dr Nattiv (UCLA Sport Medicine Department): Male High School Athlete Bone Mineral Density Study. The purpose of the proposed study is to evaluate bone mineral density in male adolescent runners compared to athletes participating in a non lean-build ball or power sport. Further, we aim to evaluate runners' and non-endurance runner athletes' physical traits, body composition, dietary intake patterns, levels of several hormones that affect bone metabolism, and related psychometric indicators to determine factors significantly associated with bone mass. 2010-2011 (on-going) Dr Skaggs/Dr Pace (Children's Hospital Los Angeles): Determine what, if any, risk factors are at play in the development of adolescent sports injuries, acute or chronic. 2011 (on-going)

To read more about the program please go to: http://www.hw.com/advancement/AnnualReport20102011/UncommonApproachtoAthletics /tabid/3060/ctl/ArticleView/mid/8087/articleId/7391/Sports-Medicine-ScientificResearch.aspx

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