Sports injuries in kids and teenagers are on the rise. Experts say girls are even more at risk of one type of athletic injury.
Dr. Gary Visser with Premiere Med in Ocoee is an expert in sports medicine. He said we are seeing a rise in ACL tears because kids are involved in more competitive sports from a younger age and play all year round.
Dr. Visser said your ACL is a knee ligament that connects the top and bottom parts of your leg. If you stop suddenly, but your body still twists there is a chance you can tear that ligament.
According to Dr. Visser, in order to avoid ACL tears, kids should take breaks from one particular sport and try a different one. He also recommends taking time to recover from playing to let muscles heal.
The reason young people are susceptible to ACL tears is because during puberty kids go through rapid growth, but their muscles do not always grow at the same rate. Girls are especially at risk because their wider hips place more of a strain on their knees.
Dr. Visser said other ways to avoid ACL tears include building muscle, stretching before playing and learning how to move correctly, which is called neuro-muscular training.