Sports Medicine Specialists Offer Tips To Help Prevent ACL Injury In Young Athletes

May 3, 2010

With more young people participating in organized sports than ever before, it’s not surprising that the number of pediatric sports injuries is rising. Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries of the knee are particularly common among athletes ages 15 to 18, with a higher incidence among young female athletes.

The ACL is part of a network of tendons and ligaments that help stabilize and support the knee. Injury to the ACL can result from contact or a noncontact mechanism. Seventy to 80 percent of ACL injuries are a result of landing from a jump, pivoting and/or decelerating. Exercises to help strengthen muscles and improve faulty movement patterns are critical in preventing ACL injuries, according to Theresa Chiaia, P.T., DPT, section manager, Sports Rehabilitation and Performance Center, Rehabilitation Department, at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. Chiaia recently presented on ACL injury prevention at Hospital for Special Surgery’s 12th Annual Sports Medicine for the Young Athlete Symposium…more