Orthopedic surgeon James Gamble, MD, offers tips to minimize risk
ACL tears in girls seen as 'an absolute epidemic'
PALO ALTO, Calif., March 3 /PRNewswire/ -- "Exercise and sports participation is a double-edge sword," said James Gamble, MD, PhD, orthopedic surgeon at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at
With Daylight Saving Time starting March 8, kids will be playing sports longer, later and more often. In this new video release, Gamble offers tips to minimize the risk of children having overuse injuries. Highlights from the video:
Take a couple days off every week
To help avoid overuse injuries like stress fractures, Gamble highlights the importance of maintaining proper volume and intensity. "If kids are involved in an activity that stresses their bones, ligaments and tendons every day, their body doesn't have time to heal," said Gamble. "I recommend sports participation no more than five days a week, with two days off to rest."
Warming up to minimize injury
"You can't just go out and start running or playing soccer," said Gamble. "There needs to be a very aggressive warm-up period when children regain their flexibility. There's also the need for proper stretching and using the proper equipment, even in practices." Gamble strongly stresses hamstring flexibility, especially during pre-season conditioning. "Hamstring strains are one of the most common conditions we see," explained Gamble. "Strengthening and toning of abdominal and gluteal muscles is highly important, too, as these muscles protect the back."
Ratio of sports injuries among boys and girls
"It's changing," said Gamble. "I'm definitely seeing more girls, especially for sports injuries like anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears, which are now three times more common in girls than boys. It's an absolute epidemic." In this video, Gamble also explains why girls are at a greater risk for ACL tears even in non-contact sports.
These tips and more can be found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pVrimp1rURo.
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About Lucile Packard Children's Hospital
Ranked as one of the nation's best pediatric hospitals by U.S. News & World Report, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at
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