1. One of the absolute best single repositories for female specific speed, strength and agility training regimens. The HerEdge Performance Enhancement, Injury Prevention Training System as demonstrated in our DVD's is simply not available elsewhere.
2. Most of the training/conditioning material contained on the web is male oriented, having initially been developed for men and then subsequently adapted to include women. HerEdge has been custom designed from the ground up specifically for women.
3. Speed schools are expensive, usually male oriented and have a vested interest in holding their training information tightly. It is also in their economic best interest to keep you coming back. All of which simply keeps driving the cost of your training ever higher. With HerEdge you retain all of the training information and you only have to pay for it once. And that one time payment is nominal compared to the hundreds of dollars you may spend attending a speed school.
4. With HerEdge you determine your training schedule, not the speed school.
5. HerEdge gives you instant access to all training material. When learning training drills for the first time, it is sometimes hard to recall every detail. HerEdge makes it easy to remember what you may have forgotten, all at the push of a button.
Injury Risk & Prevention
Since the passage of Title IX in 1972, two generations of female athletes have proven they're the real deal in competitive sports. Their collective athletic experiences have also proven they are more susceptible to serious knee injury, particularly non-contact ACL injuries, than their male counter parts. This is not conjecture, it is a medical fact.
As an athlete, you know that the risk of injury is part of the game. But now there is a way to minimize that risk while simultaneously raising the level of your competitive performance. And that is what the HerEdge Performance Enhancement, Injury Prevention Training System is all about.
The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is one of the major stabilizing ligaments of the knee, connecting the femur in the upper leg to the tibia in the lower leg. Besides providing critical stabilizing support, the ACL also prevents hyperextension of the knee joint. A ruptured ACL requires reconstructive surgery and usually six to nine months of recovery time. As a female athlete you are up to six times more likely to sustain a non-contact ACL injury compared to male athletes competing at a similar level.
Why are women at greater risk than men? The answer lies in their respective inherent anatomical and physiological differences. According to the Institute for Arthroscopy and Sports Medicine as well as the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons higher estrogen levels in teen girls results in significantly less lean body mass (muscle) than teen boys, who are subject to higher levels of androgen. Research suggests that estrogen also affects a girl's ligaments by making them more relaxed. This may have a destabilizing effect in the knee.
Anatomical differences such as a wider pelvic structure and a smaller intercondylar notch further elevate the risk of injury for women. A wider pelvis produces a wider Q angle, which is the inward angle of the femur from the hip to the knee. This angle is more pronounced in a woman than a man and places a greater rotational demand on the knee. The intercondylar notch within a woman's knee, where the ACL and posterior cruciate ligaments cross is smaller than that of a man's knee. This, again, places greater stress on a woman's ACL, thus making it more susceptible to rupture.
Another significant factor that predisposes women to ACL tears is neuromuscular imbalance. ACL injuries in men are most often caused by contact sports such as football, whereas an astounding 80% of all ACL injuries in women occur during non-contact, according to the Sports Medicine Biodynamics Center at Cincinnati Children's Medical Center. Female athletes tend to rely on their quadriceps, the big muscles in the front of the thighs for stabilizing the knee when jumping, cutting or rapidly decelerating. Men also utilize their quadriceps, but rely much more heavily on their gluteal and hamstring muscles, which are better suited to offer maximum protection to the ACL. Because of this quadricep dominance in women, there is a tendency for them to land straight legged when jumping or cutting. Utilizing their quadriceps and hamstrings, men tend to land with bent knees, which puts the knee joint in a much more stable position at impact.
Other risk factors for women, such as an internally facing patella (knee cap) and increased foot pronation each places greater rotational stress on the knee. Hip weakness, particularly in the hip abductors and external rotators also contribute to internal rotation of the knee. Weak core muscles such as the lower abdominals and obliques may contribute to a forward pelvic tilt. This sway back position again places the knee under increased rotational pressure.
The good news is that despite the anatomical and physiological differences that place you at greater risk of ACL injury than your male counter parts, there is an effective solution. The speed, strength, agility and neuromuscular coordination necessary to improve your sports performance and lower your risk of injury are available to you right now through our HerEdge DVD's.