President and CEO, Safe Kids Worldwide
Posted: 08/05/2013 9:58 pm
Sixteen-year-old Anna didn’t hesitate when I asked her about her love of soccer. “It’s my life,” she said matter-of-factly, and her reputation backed it up. Through hard work, tenacity and dedication, Anna is one of the top high school soccer players in the Washington, D.C. area with realistic aspirations of a Division I scholarship.
That’s why it’s so sad that our conversation took place when she was lying on a sports rehab table so far from the game she loves. This is her third knee surgery, which is shocking but not as uncommon as you might think among female athletes. In fact, female athletes are three times more likely to have ACL injuries than male athletes.
There are plenty of theories for this discrepancy, ranging from physical differences to hormone levels. Either way, there are stretches and exercises all athletes can do to help prevent these injuries.
I was at the rehab facility to film a video with U.S. Women’s Soccer player Ali Krieger, who you might remember from her game-winning penalty kick in the quarterfinals of 2011 World Cup in Germany. Ali, who was recovering from an ACL (knee) surgery, helped demonstrate seven exercises female athletes can do to help prevent knee injuries.
It’s a must-see for all of the athletes in your life.
Safe Kids Worldwide and Johnson & Johnson are working together to reach parents, coaches and kids with tips that can prevent the more than 1.35 million ER visits that occur as a result of a sports injury. For more information, read our research report or visit www.safekids.org
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- 1.35 million youths a year have serious sports injuries (usatoday.com)
- Young Athletes Sent to Emergency Room 1.35 Million Times A Year For Sports-Related Injuries; Female Youths 8 Times More Likely to Tear ACL (hngn.com)
- The Cruciate Curse (irelandstrengthandconditioning.wordpress.com)
- A Closer Look at the ACL as Tears Continue to Run Rampant in the NFL (bleacherreport.com)
- Second ACL Injuries 6 Times More Likely After Reconstruction (prweb.com)
- The ACL Injury and why is it so bad? (hofsportstalk.wordpress.com)