SPORT. SCIENCE. MOVEMENT. MOTUS.
Can soccer players suffer from fewer ACLs? And, can professional athletes recover quicker after a debilitating injury? Yes — and, it is not magic, it is science. Dr. Drew Morcos’ science.
Welcome to the new age of physical therapy. That is how Dr. Drew Morcos‘ website for MOTUS welcomes visitors.
It is all about the new and proven approach which centers around the use of neuromuscular training to regain function plus a smarter approach to trying to minimize the risks of injuries.
We asked, what does that really mean? We asked Dr. Drew Morcos, the founder of MOTUS and a highly trained Physical Therapist.
Can the threat of ACL tears for soccer players really be reduced?
First, a little background. Dr. Morcos, the founder of MOTUS is the former Director of Rehabilitation at the University of Southern California Athletic Medicine Department where he spent 5 years working with athletes desperate to return to the sports they loved. Since then, he has worked with top professionals in sports and has made a remarkable difference.
For example, helping Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson get back to playing NFL football in one week when most other physical therapy approaches would have taken 3 or 4 weeks. That is a recovery in 20% of the ‘normal’ time. Want to know more? Read ESPN‘s Russell Wilson’s Plan Includes Night Treatments, Personal Physical Therapist and Russell Wilson’s Superfast Recovery From a Badly Sprained Ankle and MCL Strain Involved Staying Up All Night.
And, did you know Dr. Morcos is NBA’s Knicks star player Carmelo Anthony secret weapon — as reported by the New York Post. 32-year-old Anthony became the Dr.’s client to reduce his risk of injury in his 14th pro season.
“ACL tears in the female athlete is becoming an epidemic,” said Dr. Drew Morcos, Founder of MOTUS.
With the rate of ACL tears threatening so many of today’s talented youth players, a solution for reducing the risk was needed.
“According to research, implementing a proper dynamic program has been shown to decrease the likelihood of an ACL tear by 50%,” said Dr. Morcos.
“At MOTUS we have designed a program that incorporates functional movements, dynamic band resistance training, and sport-specific agility tasks,” said Dr. Morcos.
“This has been shown to decrease ACL tears in collegiate and professional athletes based on Sport, Science, and Movement.”
According to MOTUS, the idea is to incorporate primitive movement patterns that are innate in the human developmental process and use them to correct movement faults.
Sounds logical. Nearly natural. It also offers long-lasting results targeting the source of the problem and not just the isolated injury.
“We look at the biomechanics of movement dynamically, rather than in isolation, and that is the very key to movement.”
“The idea is all about movement, and the name of the company is actually the word movement in Latin,” said Dr. Morcos.
“The idea is if you have shoulder pain, the traditional therapist will just look at the site of the pain but when you look at it more holistically, you ask where is the pain coming from and why,” added Dr. Morcos.
Playing private investigator, Dr. Morcos said, “We look at patients from a whole body approach rather than just a band-aid approach.”
Now, smart clubs are becoming preemptive and providing training on how girls can minimize the risks of ACL injuries.
“With ACL injuries being so prevalent among female athletes, OC Surf wanted to use the most updated methods we could find to give our girls the best chance to have a healthy season,” said Mike Higgins, General Manager of OC Surf.
To help minimize these risks, OC Surf youth soccer club in Southern California asked MOTUS for help.
The club has partnered with the MOTUS ACL Prevention Program (MAPP) which has had great success with collegiate and professional athletes and now provides highly specific ACL training to counter this growing epidemic of ACL injuries.
“We have been doing a form of this for several years but after talking with Drew, it became apparent that we could make our ACL prevention program even better,” said Higgins. “This is something that we strongly believe in and our coaches are all enthusiastic about as well.”
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