Navigation Links
Young Lacrosse Players Face New Injury Risks

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 from the tibia (shinbone) and anchors the ACL. That’s because the ACL is actually stronger than the bone in kids whose skeletons are still growing, he explains. But between 1999 and 2013—roughly the same time that the sport of lacrosse really took off—ACL tears increased at ten times the rate of tibial spine fractures.

Tips for Minimizing the Risks

To keep kids safe on the lacrosse field, Dr. Khabie offers the following tips:

  • Build fitness first. Like any athletes (in any age group), lacrosse players should be in good shape, in terms of both cardiovascular and muscle strength. “Being in shape makes it easier to play well and reduces the risk of mishaps—falls and collisions with other players—that come when kids get tired,” Dr. Khabie explains.
  • Focus on form. Parents may think that lacrosse, with all that running and dodging, should come naturally to kids. But proper mechanics are key, Dr. Khabie says. “Kids should learn how to jump and land correctly, with their weight properly balanced, and they need to have sufficient core strength to support all the work that their arms and legs are doing,” he says.
  • Mix It Up. Young athletes should be encouraged to play more than one sport—and to take regular breaks from intense games like lacrosse. “Studies show that kids who play one sport, year-round, are much more likely to get hurt,” Dr. Khabie says. “But those who play a variety of sports develop a wide range of skills and are less prone to injury.”

Victor Khabie, M.D., F.A.A.O.S., F.A.C.S. is a specialist in sports medicine and a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon with Somers Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine. Dr. Khabie is chief of Surgery and Sports Medicine, and Co-Director of the Orthopedic and Spine Institute, Northern Westchester Hospital in Mt. Kisco and an assistant clinical professor in the department of orthopaedic surgery at the New York University School of Medicine.

Somers Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine Group, founded in 1988, is one of the most comprehensive and specialized practices in the region.

Read the full story at

Source: PRWeb
Copyright©2012 Vocus, Inc.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Young girls more likely to report side effects after HPV vaccine
2. Young Americans Need to Cut Calorie Intake: Study
3. Unique approach needed to accurately assess health of young adult cancer survivors
4. Symptomatic behaviour in childhood strongly predicts psychiatric treatment as a young adult
5. Even Young Teens Show Signs of Sun Damage
6. Young Risk-Takers Drawn to Dangerous Choking Game
7. Football helmet sensors help researchers demystify concussion in young athletes
8. Half of Young Cigarette Smokers Also Smoke Pot: Survey
9. For Some, Glaucoma Strikes at a Young Age
10. Study finds mammography beneficial for younger women
11. Heart Test Spots Sudden Death Risk in Young Athletes
Post Your Comments:
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... ... For the first time, Vitalalert is donating half of its earnings to ... between the two groups began in 2014 with Vitalalert pledging a portion of every ... founded in 1954 and is an international Christian-based health organization whose mission is to ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... , ... November 25, 2015 , ... ... encouraging people across the country to celebrate their sobriety and show through pictures ... post “before and after” photos this Thanksgiving with the hashtag #FacesOfGratitude on their ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... November 25, 2015 , ... On November 25, 2015, ... for the Narconon network, announced the release of a new cutting edge recovery program ... organization has been working with drug- and alcohol-addicted individuals with the purpose to free ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... 25, 2015 , ... The McHenry County law firm of Botto Gilbert ... Attorneys Francisco J. Botto and Alex C. Wimmer. Attorneys Botto and Wimmer represented the ... App (2d) 130884WC. , According to court documents, Adcock testified that on May 10, ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... ... Smiles by Stevens is pleased to announce the addition of Botox® for ... aware of the benefits of Botox® in the treatment of moderate facial wrinkling, few ... and pain as a result of Jaw Tension, TMJ (temporo-mandibular joint) disorder, and Bruxism ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/25/2015)... 25, 2015  Trovagene, Inc. (NASDAQ: TROV ), ... Chief Executive Officer Antonius Schuh, Ph.D., is scheduled to ... Annual Piper Jaffray Healthcare Conference. th ... Palace Hotel in New York ... Mr. Schuh will be available for one-on-one meetings during ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... 2015 Allergan plc (NYSE: AGN ... Therapeutics, a start-up  biotechnology company focused on the ... and funded by the F-Prime Biomedical Research Initiative ... an exclusive collaboration to support the discovery and ... (ASD) and Obsessive Compulsive disorders (OCD). ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... Ohio , Nov. 25, 2015 ... handle hazardous drug preparations (e.g. pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, ... and veterinary technicians). The chapter also covers all ... drugs (e.g., pharmacies, hospitals, other healthcare institutions, patient ... --> --> ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: