A hospital is hoping help young athletes by preventing knee injuries instead of just treating them.

According to Southwest General, there are at least 40 injury prevention programs out there, but only two have been scientifically proven to actually decrease serious knee injuries and increase performance.

One of those programs is Sportsmetrics being offered through the hospital's Sports Medicine department.

Originally developed in Cincinnati , the Sportsmetrics program uses exercises and routines to retrain athletes to jump, land, accelerate, and decelerate properly to prevent ACL and other knee injuries, as well as enhancing performance.

The program is aimed at high school and collegiate athletes and consist of three, hour to 90 minute sessions a week for six weeks. The program is mainly designed to prevent knee injuries but it's also used as the final stage of rehabbing after an injury.

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