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Sports champions know, the downpayment for titles earned is paid for months before the competition with hours upon hours of preparation. Sure, everyone does drills and weight training, but the teams that stand out go the extra mile to prepare for the best competition.

For Ursuline Academy in Cincinnati, preparation for its latest championship in volleyball, fourth overall, started two years ago, when the school brought in the Sportsmetrics program to prepare its athletes.

What is Sportsmetrics? It is a training program that helps athletes, especially female athletes learn how to jump, land and balance to help prevent the devastating knee injuries that are epidemic among young female athletes.

Anyone who has followed women's sports, even on a casual level, knows knee injuries seem to hit female athletes hardest. In fact, ACL injuries in women and girls are two to 10 times more prevalent than in male athletes.

Not only does that curtail a young woman's ability to play a sport she loves, debilitating injuries can impair her quality of life 10, 20, 30 years down the road.

Full disclosure, Sportsmetrics is under the umbrella of the Cincinnati Sports...

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