Training Can Help Teens Avoid Knee Injuries

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A recent health study published by NPR, shows the correlation between proper training and decreased knee injuries in teens…

ACL injuries, which , hit both genders, but right after puberty they occur as much as six times more frequently in young women, depending on the sport. The ACL injury rate for a female soccer player is 11.7 injuries per 100,000 practices or games, compared to 4.7 for a male.

The theory is that during the growth spurt that is part of puberty, a burst of testosterone helps boys get bigger muscles to go along with their new larger frames, says, lead author of the report and a pediatric sports medicine specialist at Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. “Girls don’t get that burst” or the resulting bigger muscles, she says, which makes it harder to control their new, taller bodies. But their muscles can be trained.

A host of used in the preseason, active season or both, have been studied for their ability to prevent injuries in sports including soccer, basketball and volleyball. The report cites a 2013 that found a 72 percent lower risk of an ACL injury in female athletes aged 18 and younger who used the programs.

 

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