CNY Orthopedic Sports Medicine, PC: Article: Orthopaedic Surgeon Recommends how to Help Prevent ACL Injuries

 

Orthopaedic Surgeon Recommends how to Help Prevent ACL Injuries
Evan Herold
American Academy of Orthopeadic Surgeons
Copyright 2000

NEW YORK - To help reduce the incidence of anterior cruciate (ACL) knee injuries, Atlanta orthopaedic surgeon Letha Y. Griffin, MD, today urged athletes of all ages to incorporate into their training drills that focus on balance as well as those that link strength and speed to cause immediate muscle reactions. Each year, more than 100,000 ACL repairs are performed on an inpatient and outpatient basis in the United States. The majority of injuries are among athletes 15 to 25 years old, particularly females. About 70 percent of these injuries occur in non-contact situations. "It is important that muscles be strong and flexible, but athletes have to work to ensure that their muscles fire at the appropriate times," Dr. Griffin said at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons' 10th annual Orthopaedics Update. (Full story)

 


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