Sporting Kid Live
Written by Greg Bach
Female teen soccer players who lace up the spikes for year-round games and training are at great risk for sustaining ACL injuries that will land them on the operating table.
And likely lead to arthritis and potentially other knee problems later in life.
“We’re seeing a lot more ACL injuries in the Under 17 population than we used to see 10 years ago,” says Dr. Lyle Cain, renowned orthopaedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist at the Andrews Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center in Birmingham, Ala. “Girls are about seven times more likely to tear their ACL in soccer than boys are. It’s a pretty astounding number.”
The injury risk has climbed substantially, in large part due to sports specialization, as more young athletes are dialing in on one sport.
“Preventing overuse is...