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Natrona County’s Grace DuBay runs onto the court during the annual VolleyBowl against Kelly Walsh on Oct. 19 in Casper.

The National Federation of State High School Associations and the Hospital For Special Surgery have teamed up to offer a new online education course regarding ACL injury prevention, which is now available on the NFHS Learning Center website.

ACL Injury Prevention is free of charge and available on The course was intended to help coaches reduce risk of ACL injuries in student-athletes but its application can also apply to administrators, students and parents. The course also identifies the causes to ACL injuries, as well as how to effectively lead a neurodynamic warm-up before practices and games.

“We are thrilled to now offer our digital workshop to NFHS’ vast coalition of over 3 million people,” Director of HSS Sports Safety Joseph Janosky said in a statement. “Since its creation, our program has positively impacted coaches by providing them with tools to reduce the risk of ACL injuries for young athletes.

The HSS is the leading orthopedic hospital in the United States, having been ranked No. 1 in orthopedics for nine consecutive years by U.S. News & World Report.

“We are excited to add the new ACL Injury Prevention course to our Learning Center, and to be able to offer free of charge helps to ensure that more individuals will take advantage of this great resource,” NFHS Director of Educational Services Dan Schuster said. “We appreciate the work of the HSS staff and the opportunity to offer the course to high school students, parents, coaches and others.”

A number of area high school athletes have suffered from ACL injuries recently. Buffalo’s Caleb Jones and Midwest’s Zack Kohtala were both sidelined during the football season to ACL tears.

That number dramatically expands when looking at members of all sports, even in just the last three years.

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High School Sports Reporter

Brady Oltmans reports on high school and local sports. He joined the Star-Tribune in July 2016 after covering prep sports and college soccer in Nebraska. He also contributes to University of Wyoming sports coverage. He and his dog live in Casper.

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