Preventing ACL Tears
Much has been made of the fact that, in recent years, increasing numbers of children and teens are tearing their “anterior cruciate ligament” (ACL), which provides stability to the knee. This injury most often occurs among young female athletes who participate in sports such as basketball, soccer, volleyball, and gymnastics. The good news is that specific types of training can reduce the risk of young athletes tearing their ACLs by as much as 72 percent. For instance, neuromuscular training programs designed to strengthen lower-extremity muscles, improve core stability, and teach athletes how to avoid unsafe knee positions significantly help to prevent injury. It is incumbent upon coaches, parents, and athletes to avail themselves of these programs.