Teen ACL Injuries on the Rise
[Source: Medical X-Press]
Among teenage athletes, the rate of ACL tears is rising, with the sharpest increase seen in females aged 13-17 who, over the last 13 years, have experienced a 59 percent increase in the number of required reconstruction procedures, according to a new study published in the JAMA Pediatrics.
Researchers from the UNC School of Medicine and UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health say that the orthopaedics community had been anecdotally aware of these trends, but this study puts concrete numbers behind the rise. These results, they hope, will lead to more widespread adoption of injury prevention programs which have been studied in both Europe and America, and shown to reduce injuries.
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