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University of Iowa News Release

Nov. 21, 2005

UI Sports Medicine To Host Seminar On ACL Injury Prevention

Three letters can strike fear in the heart of almost any athlete: A-C-L.

They represent a shorthand reference to the anterior cruciate ligament in the knee. An ACL injury often means the end to a season, and perhaps even the end of a career.

On Dec. 3, a panel of sports injury specialists will present a free public seminar on preventing this devastating athletic injury. The seminar will be held from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 in the Sahai Auditorium of the Medical Education and Biomedical Research Facility (MERF) on the University of Iowa campus.

The panel will feature Tim Hewett, Ph.D., from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, nationally recognized for his work in preventing ACL injuries. His fellow panel members include UI Sports Medicine experts Glenn Williams, Ph.D, assistant professor of physical therapy and director of research at the UI Sports Medicine Clinic, and Ned Amendola, M.D., UI professor of orthopaedics and UI Sports Medicine medical director.

The panel members will cover a wide range of topics, including:

  • Common knee injuries;
  • How ACL injuries occur;
  • ACL injury repair;
  • What athletes can do to prevent ACL injuries, including a demonstration of Hewett's techniques.

Call UI Health Access at 319-384-8442 to register for this free public seminar and for directions.

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