ACL Injuries are increasing
The number of ACL injuries appears to be increasing. A review of articles shows an increase in ACL injuries has been written about in youth, women in basketball, and men in soccer and the NFL.
“Adult” type of the knee injuries can, however, occur in the child. Anterior cruciate ligament tears, once thought to be extremely rare in children, are receiving more attention in recent years. It is unknown whether or not the rise in the number of reported tears recently are related to increased awareness by physicians, better diagnostic techniques, such as MRI and arthroscopy, or that possibly more kids are involved in competitive sports,” according to the article, ACL Injuries in Children and Adolescents by Nationwide Children’s.
Women’s Basketball Performance asks “Why do ACL injuries increase by 3% every year?”
The title of this article by Jason Singer at Spectrum’s Health Beat, 11-2017, says it all for soccer: Knee injuries spike to ‘epidemic’ level in soccer players. Singer further writes, ” From Michigan to Europe, ACL tears are on the rise.” He states that “with proper training and smart scheduling, many of these injuries can be prevented.”
The numbers Singer provides, in the article dated 11-2017, include: Premier League players in total suffered 28 knee-ligament injuries last year, the highest number in the last five seasons. And one major Italian team, A.S. Roma, has lost 12 separate players to ACL tears since 2015. Singer spotlights a doctor proposing better training and mixing sports instead of focusing on just one.
SEI proposes new sole technology. See video here.
High ACL numbers present in the NFL. Of the 32 teams, 19 have had at least one player suffer an ACL injury since the start of training camp. The typical season-long average is approximately 1.5 ACL tear per team per year.
“That number will remain steady or perhaps even increase” says Pro Football Doc for the San Diego Tribune, Dr. David Chao is a board certified orthopedic surgeon/sports medicine specialist who spent 17 years (1997-2013) as the head team physician for the San Diego Chargers.
SEI supports better training as a way to prevent ACL, but also recommends new sole technology, see video here.