YOUNG WOMEN ARE UP TO SIX TIMES MORE LIKELY TO HAVE AN ACL TEAR
There are anatomical differences, like wider hips, that make women age 14-20 more likely to see ACL tears, Margaret says.
As young athletes’ joints are developing stability and coordination, they are playing high levels of competitive soccer. Jumping mechanics, landing mechanics and muscle imbalances can all play a role.
YOU’VE HEARD OF REHAB BUT WHAT ABOUT PREHAB?
Prehab focuses on the idea of working to prevent an injury before it happens. For ACL tears, strength training focusing on the core and hips can help prevent injury.
WATCH FOR THE WARNING SIGNS
Any time an athlete suffers a twisting, non-contact or contact injury that results in swelling they should be seen.
Often, these athletes are still mobile so the seriousness of the injury may be difficult to determine yourself. An orthopedic specialist will look at X-rays and compare joints side-by-side because our bodies are made symmetrically. Evaluations will also allow the orthopedist to determine the joint’s level of stability.
For acute orthopedic injuries after scheduled clinic and urgent care hours, please utilize the HURT! App, in partnership with OrthoCarolina, for fast free access to orthopedic advice with a response time of ~4 minutes. Download here.