According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, high school athletes account for about 2 million injuries and half a million doctor’s visits a year.
Between soccer and football, physical therapists say no injury can be as costly to a family and athlete as an ACL injury.
Kinetic Physical Therapy and Wellness says this can be prevented through a few simple steps.
In any sport, especially ones which require quick direction changes, you need a proper warm up.
Making sure your body has the right amount of blood flow through stretching can help prevent these injuries.
Experts say the earlier one can start working to prevent these injuries the better, especially before growth spurts.
“It’s just not an issue of strength, but they don’t always have the balance in their muscles that give them enough stability when they’re jumping or running or cutting to really stabilize at the knee,” says Shondell Jones of Kinetic Physical Therapy and Wellness.
Studies do show women are more at risk than men.
Most ACL injuries happen from no-contact situations.
Jones does recommend if you are having consistent pain or even think it may be an injury to get it checked out.
This could save you less time at the doctor and more time on the field.