OTRF publishes an Ultimate in-season strength, conditioning program to help prevent injuries

In 1968, two groups of New Jersey high school students were the first to play a new game called Ultimate (Frisbee), a cross between soccer and American football. Today, more than one million people in the United States participate in Ultimate that involves sprinting, cutting, jumping, diving and lunging. Although it technically is a non-contact sport, data suggests Ultimate really is a moderate contact sport with 50 percent of game injuries occurring from player-to-player, or player-to-ground contact. The majority of the injuries involve the lower extremities and include muscle strains and ligament sprains to ankles and knees.

To help prevent injuries and improve performance, the Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine Teaching & Research Foundation (OTRF) just released its Ultimate in-season strength and conditioning sports performance program. Developed by Dr. Steven Chudik, orthopaedic surgeon, sports medicine specialist and founder of OTRF, along with James Wolf, PT,DPT, OCS, this program is based on research and personal experience both professionally and directly as Ultimate players. The program is designed to help optimize performance and reduce injury rates in season when the risk is the highest.

Click to download a PDF copy of the new Ultimate program, or share the link with an Ultimate coach or player you know. To obtain other programs for basketball, football, soccer, baseball, volleyball, or lacrosse, visit the OTRF website.

Should you or someone you know get injured, Dr. Chudik has a sports injury clinic in Westmont with an onsite X-ray and open-bore, high-field MRI machine to assist in making an accurate diagnosis, initiating prompt treatment and ensuring a quick return to sport. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Chudik, call 630-324-0402 or click to schedule online