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Raise The Roof
Raise the Roof was created in 2003 at Furnace Brook Physical Therapy to combat the causes which leave female athletes 5 times more likely to sustain a catastrophic knee injury than their male counterparts. Raise the Roof incorporates balance training, plyometric jumping, flexibility and weight lifting of specific muscle groups, and is ideal for any female athlete who participates in a sport that may include stop/starts, pivoting and jumping. Past participants have experienced a 1-3.5″ increase in their jump height following the training.
The program was developed after research demonstrated that male athletes have significantly stronger hamstring muscles in relation to their quads, and recruit these muscles 3 times the level of females during deceleration activities, such as landing from a jump. Further studies have demonstrated that after jump-type training, females showed increased hamstring strength and activation, as well as decreased dangerous forces about the knee as these muscles worked during observed sports activities.
The training program includes 18 training sessions over a 6 week period, during which each participant is coached by our licensed staff in a constructive manner in order to optimize athletic performance.
Because of the repetitive jumping, each candidate’s medical history is reviewed by a staff therapist to ensure that there are no pre-existing orthopedic conditions which might be aggravated during the program. As this is a preseason conditioning program, our goal is to have the athlete begin 7 weeks prior to the start of practices, so that a week of rest from the training occurs.
The cost of the training is $279.00 which includes a T-shirt and a training booklet. Discounts are available for team participation. Please contact Jay Bernasconi, DPT, OCS at 617-770-4167 x12 for information on the next Raise the Roof session.