Fatigue Fuels Knee Injuries in Young Athletes

*The following is excerpted from an online article posted on HealthDay.

When a teen athlete is tired, their risk of suffering a common knee injury rises, a new study suggests.

The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) connects the thighbone to the shinbone, at the knee. When the ACL is overstretched or torn, it can cause swelling, instability and pain. It can also lead to high treatment costs because it may require surgery or physical therapy.

The new study included 85 athletes, average age about 15, who participated in track and field, basketball, volleyball and soccer.

In controlled assessments, “44.7 percent showed an increased injury risk after high-intensity aerobic activity,” said study author Dr. Mohsin Fidai, from the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit.

“Additionally, 68 percent of those studied were identified as having a medium- or high-risk for injury following the activity, as compared to 44 percent at baseline,” Fidai added in a news release from the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM).

Fourteen of 22 athletes with over 20 percent fatigue showed an increased ACL injury risk. The study also found that female athletes and those over age 15 were more likely to have an increased risk.

“While ACL injury prevention programs are commonly used now, a decrease in injury numbers has not followed suit,” Fidai noted. “We hope this study helps advocate for ACL injury prevention training programs to incorporate fatigue-resistance training and awareness by coaches, trainers and physical education teachers.”

Source: HealthDay
https://consumer.healthday.com/bone-and-joint-information-4/knee-problem-news-436/fatigue-fuels-knee-injuries-in-young-athletes-735426.html

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[reposted by] Jim Liebelt

[reposted by] Jim Liebelt

Jim is Senior Writer, Editor and Researcher for the HomeWord Center for Youth and Family. Jim has over 30 years of experience as a youth and family ministry specialist, having served over the years as a pastor, author, consultant, mentor, trainer, college instructor, and speaker. Jim’s HomeWord culture blog also appears on Crosswalk.com and Religiontoday.com. Jim and his wife Jenny live in Quincy, MA.

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