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Young Lacrosse Players Face New Injury Risks
Date:4/3/2013

Carmel, NY (PRWEB) April 03, 2013

Lacrosse is arguably the oldest team sport in the Americas—it was first documented by a French missionary in the early 15th century, but other accounts have the Indians playing it 300 years before Columbus. It’s also one of the fastest-growing sports in the U.S. today, with more than 560,000 people, including 300,000 kids aged two to 18, playing the sport. While this new popularity brings an increased risk for lacrosse related injury, particularly injuries to the ACL, the good news is that modern reconstructive surgical techniques can reliably get athletes back playing in 9-12 months, says Victor Khabie, M.D., a sports medicine specialist and orthopaedic surgeon with Somers Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine.

Although it’s considered a relatively safe sport—the male version is a contact sport, the female is not—lacrosse is producing an increasing number of traumatic knee injuries in young players of both sexes, Dr. Khabie says. Specifically, kids are sustaining injuries to the ACL, or anterior cruciate ligament, which is the main stabilizer of the knee joint. It can get sprained or torn when an athlete sprints, pivots, or plants a foot, all of which are standard moves in any lacrosse game.

Moreover, there’s new research that shows a rise in ACL injuries in preadolescent players, says Dr. Khabie. This is news, he explains, because ACL tears were all but unheard of in children before now. In the days before there was a lacrosse league in every town, a child who sustained a twisting fall or other trauma to the knee joint typically would fracture his or her tibial spine, the small bone that extends fro
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