Cortlandt Manor, NY - (April 29, 2014) – A study released yesterday by the American Academy of Pediatrics says that knee injuries in young athletes, particularly females, is on the rise and recommends injury prevention programs as the best way to deal with the problem.

“At Hudson Valley Hospital Center we recognized this problem and are offering schools and individuals a comprehensive training program designed to prevent ACL injuries,’’ said Kyle Mack, PT, DPT, Clinical Manager of the Department of Rehabilitation. “ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) injuries can be very debilitating and the training we offer helps young athletes to, not only improve their performance, but do it in a way that helps prevent injury.”

The American Academy of Pediatrics study published online April 28 says that a growing number of American children and teens are tearing their ACL. The rise is particularly dramatic among girls in sports such as basketball, soccer, volleyball, and gymnastics. Specific types of training can reduce the risk of an ACL tear by as much as 72 percent, the report from the American Academy of Pediatrics said.

"Neuromuscular training programs strengthen lower-extremity muscles, improve core stability, and teach athletes how to avoid unsafe knee positions," lead author Cynthia LaBella, M.D., medical director and associate professor of pediatrics at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and a member of the Academy's Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness, said in a news release.

Starting May 6, Hudson Valley Hospital Center is offering Sportsmetrics™: ACL Injury Prevention program. The program, developed by Dr. Frank Noyes of the Cincinnati Sports Institute, is 18 sessions and is being offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30-6 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. at the Hospital’s Center for Sports Medicine. The cost is $350 for 18 sessions.
On May 1 at 6 p.m., Kyle Mack will also talk to parents, coaches and athletic trainers about the importance of preventing ACL injuries. The free seminar is being held in the Ground Floor Conference Room at Hudson Valley Hospital Center, 1980 Crompond Road, Cortlandt Manor, NY.

Kyle Mack has worked at HVHC’s Center for Rehabilitation for 16 years and has served as clinical director since 2004. He has been an Adjunct Professor at New York Medical College since 2009. Kyle holds a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Utica College and is a certified instructor of the SportsMetrics TM ACL injury prevention and athletic performance enhancement training.

For more information on ACL injury prevention or to register for the May 1 or May 6 programs, call the Center for Sports Medicine at Hudson Valley Hospital Center at 734-3455 or go to and look under sports medicine. The AAP study can be found on line at

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Tuesday, 04 March 2014 11:44

Sports Medicine


The Center for Rehabilitation at Hudson Valley Hospital Center’s new Sports Medicine program specializes in injury prevention, performance enhancement and rehabilitation of sports injuries. Our team of highly-trained therapists work with the area’s top orthopedic specialists. They are part of The Hospital for Special Surgery’s Rehabilitation Network, and hold prestigious accreditations attesting to their expertise. Each team member offers specialized skills, significant experience and a dedication to improving patients’ lives. The center now also offers SportsMetrics ™ ACL Injury Prevention program. ACL injuries can sideline an athlete for 6 to 12 months. We also offer Return to Sports Programs to help athletes recover from injuries more quickly and return to sports safely. The Center for Rehabilitation has consistently maintained a patient satisfaction rating or 90 percent and above.

Foot or ankle injuries? Dr. Katherine Ma, a fellowship trained foot and ankle orthopedic surgeon, is part of HVHC's team of physicians who work with trained physical therapists to help you recover faster. Click here to learn more about Dr. Katherine Ma and see a video where she talks about foot and ankle conditions on Health Smart, a health education show produced by Hudson Valley Hospital Center.

Call 914-734-3455 for an appointment or for more information.

Meet our Team

Kyle Mack, PT, DPT
Clinical Manager, Department of Rehabilitation

Kyle Mack has worked at HVHC’s Center for Rehabilitation for 16 years and has served as clinical director since 2004. He has been an Adjunct Professor at New York Medical College since 2009. Kyle holds a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Utica College and is a certified instructor of the SportsMetrics TM ACL injury prevention and athletic performance enhancement training. Other certifications include Certified Functional Manual Therapist (2005); Functional Orthopedic Certified (2005) and Bachelor of Arts degree in Physical Therapy (1992).

“I am enthusiastically committed to the advancement and practice of the profession of physical therapy. Throughout the course of my professional career, I have sought out what I have considered the best practice techniques and studied them. My latest passion is the prevention of ACL injuries in the young female athlete, which are currently at epidemic levels.”

John R. Astrab PT, DPT, OCS, MS, CSCS

John Astrab has over 15 years experience in both corporate fitness and outpatient physical therapy. John obtained a post-professional Clinical Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Saint Augustine and a Master’s of Science degree in Physical Therapy from Mercy College, a Master’s of Science degree in Exercise Physiology from Long Island University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Manhattan College. John is a board certified orthopedic clinical specialist in physical therapy (OCS) and a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). He is also a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT) and the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA), as well as being a member and holding credentials from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and United States Weightlifting Federation (USWF).

"I my practice I use an eclectic, assessment based and evidence based treatment approach in the management of pain and movement dysfunctions. As a functional manual physical therapist, I employ soft tissue mobilization and joint mobilization techniques aimed at mechanical barriers, coupled with neuro-muscular re-education and motor control training to normalize normal movement patterns.”- John Astab

Chitra Taneja, PT, DPT, MS

Chitra Taneja has more than 10 years experience as a physical therapist and has worked as an athletic trainer for both high school and college sports teams. Chitra holds a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree as well as Master’s of Science degrees in Physical Therapy and Sports Psychology. She also holds Bachelor’s of Science degrees in Psychology and Education (Athletic Training). She has been a licensed Physical Therapist since 2002 and an Athletic Trainer since 1991. She is a member of APTA and NATA.
“I implemented the Athletic Training program and was head Athletic Trainer at South Suburban College in Illinois and also implemented the Athletic Training program and was head Athletic Trainer at Rye Country Day School. I served as the head Athletic Trainer for a semi-professional hockey team in Michigan. I have worked extensively with male and female athletes to help improve their performance and return to sports.’’


Renee Lemieux PT, DPT

Renee Lemieux graduated from Hunter College with a Bachelor of Science degree in physical therapy. She completed a Master’s degree in Orthopedics with focus in manual therapy and then her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Touro College in 2009. Her research was a pilot study exploring the efficacy of eccentric exercise in tennis elbow.
Main interests are movement re-education, postural training and manual therapy.
“I have worked at Hudson Valley Hospital Center for the past 12 years in the orthopedic department and have had the privilege to treat several orthopedic conditions. My past experience as a professional dancer with a NYC base company has given me the opportunity to explore movement mechanics, core stability and the importance of postural training.”


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When you suffer from chronic pain of the joints, muscles, or spine, your quality of life is diminished. The good news is that you don’t need to suffer needlessly. Hudson Valley Hospital Center’s orthopedic specialists deliver a full-range of services dedicated to the prevention, diagnosis, surgery and rehabilitation of joint, skeletal, and muscular injury and disease.

Our teams offers enhanced mobility and decreased pain to patients suffering from orthopedic disorders caused by trauma, degenerative disease and other conditions.

Whether patients need major orthopedic surgery, sports injury or arthritis care, Hudson Valley Hospital Center’s orthopedic specialists are trained to handle a full range of repairs to knee, hip, shoulder, elbow, foot, ankle, hand and back joints, using advanced technology. Patients take advantage of the hospital’s specialized inpatient unit, on site, state of the art Center for Diagnostic Services, Surgery Center and Center for Rehabilitation Services.

As part of the hospital Minimally Invasive Surgery Center, physicians perform a wide variety of other procedures arthroscopically. The arthroscope enables specialists to easily examine, diagnose and surgically correct a number of disorders, from arthritis to ligament tears, in the knee, hip, shoulder, ankle, wrist and elbow.

Our Services

Our surgeons replace hip, knee and shoulder joints in a new, state-of-the-art Surgery Center. Post surgery recovery takes place in a private patient room located on a specialized orthopedic floor with highly trained orthopedic nursing support.

Outpatient rehabilitation is provided on site at the new Center for Rehabilitation Services, a member of the Hospital For Special Surgery network.

Your Care

Your care begins the first time you walk in our door, normally four to six weeks prior to surgery. Once surgery is scheduled, patients are contacted by the pre-operative screening nurse and the total joint replacement case manager. Often, a physical therapist’s evaluation is scheduled for an added evaluation. This process provides the needed assessments about a patient’s medical condition, lifestyle, goals and expectations.

Monthly orthopedic classes are scheduled to provide an overview of the entire joint replacement process. Introduction to the entire team provides explanations of each and every step including the post surgery, the home recovery environment, special equipment needed and management of other health problems.

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