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DePuy Mitek Expands Commitment To Youth Sports Safety Through New Sports Injury Prevention Program
Date:9/19/2012

RAYNHAM, Mass., Sept. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- As official sports medicine sponsor of the 2014 FIFA World Cup™, DePuy Mitek, Inc. has launched a national Sports Injury Prevention Program to educate parents, coaches and young athletes about the importance of preventing sports-related injuries. The Sports Injury Prevention Program – including FIFA's 11+ – consists of soccer clinics in 16 U.S. cities featuring appearances by former and current U.S. National Team players and a local sports medicine specialist, who will give young soccer players and their parents and coaches a hands-on opportunity to learn more about injury prevention and treatment. By offering education and digital resources to help parents and coaches provide better care for their athletes, this program closely aligns with the philosophy of the Johnson & Johnson CARE INSPIRES CARE™ platform that everyone has the power to do extraordinary things in caring for the health and well-being of others.

"As a global leader in orthopaedic sports medicine, DePuy Mitek is committed to getting athletes back to their passion and keeping athletes off the sidelines," said Ian Lawson, President of DePuy Mitek. "For many years, we have been educating young athletes how to prevent and manage sports-related injuries through clinics around the country, including an ongoing collaboration with Safe Kids USA. Through our recent sponsorship of the 2014 FIFA World Cup™, we are excited to enhance our educational programming with FIFA's 11+ and add additional clinics and resources."

FIFA 11+ leverages the body's natural defense mechanisms to help athletes become more resistant to injuries by teaching preventive techniques – such as how to properly jump or land. Published scientific studies have evaluated FIFA 11+'s effectiveness and found that teams performing the FIFA 11+ at least twice a week had 30-50 percent fewer injured players.[1],[2]

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