Dr. Anthony C. Carantzas from Resurgens Orthopaedics answers a reader’s question about her soccer playing daughter’s ACL.
Q: My teenage daughter has taken an interest in soccer, but I’m concerned about her tearing her ACL. Is there anything she can do to prevent this?
A: Injuries to the anterior ligament (ACL) in the knee are common in soccer players. Females actually have a slightly higher risk of tearing their ACL than males. While no one can prevent an ACL tear entirely, important things to do to minimize injury are to keep the quadriceps and hamstring muscles strong, avoid landing knock-kneed (knees pointing inward) and stop playing when your muscles are feeling fatigued. Bracing has not been shown to prevent ACL injuries and is therefore not routinely recommended for prevention.
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