ACL Tears and ACL Injury Prevention

Preventing ACL Tears in Kids – Find Out More from the Latest Research

A clinical report published by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is working to cut down on the risk of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears for kids, especially girls. ACL tears are a common sports injury for people of all ages, and females are at higher risk for an ACL tear.

Some of the sports most commonly associated with ACL injury include gymnastics, basketball, lacrosse, and soccer.

Many kids who experience ACL tears end up needing ACL surgery to repair the injury. One of the major signs of an ACL tear involves a feeling like the knee is unstable and may give way.

As explained by Dr. Cynthia LaBella, sports medicine physician at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, when suffering from an ACL tear, “Most athletes will feel their knee give out and feel a pop.” Swelling is another common side effect of an ACL Tear. 

Board certified orthopaedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist Dr. Stacie Grossfeld has extensive experience effectively treating ACL tears and ACL injuries. To make an appointment with Dr. Grossfeld or for more information about her orthopedic medical practice Orthopaedic Specialists, call 502-212-2663.

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