Teenager + Soccer = Increase in ACL Revisions

Physicists were delighted when Albert Einstein discovered his Theory of Relativity: E=MC2, but the sports world is dismayed at a recent equation that’s been uncovered.

Orthopedics Today recently shared that if you are a teenager and play soccer, your risk of revision ACL reconstruction is significantly higher than the average person.

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Researchers collected data from the Swedish National Knee Ligament Register for nearly 17,000 patients between January 2005 and December 2013.

What they uncovered was a significantly elevated rate of revision ACL reconstruction among both boys and girls who played soccer and were between the ages of 13 and 19 (2.87 and 2.59, respectively). To put this in perspective, the overall rate of ACL revision at the 2 years follow-up mark was 1.82.

What is the best way to ensure your teenage soccer player’s knees stay in good shape this season? KidsHealth.org insists wearing the right gear greatly helps.

  1. Wear the right cleats. Your cleats must fit properly and be laced up tightly throughout the game.
  2. Wear shin guards. “A good shin guard will mold to the skin, end just below the knee and fit snuggly around the ankle bone.”
  3. Wear soccer socks. This insures the shin guards remain securely in place throughout the game.

ASO feels that this study should not discourage participation in soccer. However, if you or your child encounters a sports injury of any sort, schedule an appointment to be evaluated by one of the doctors at Arkansas Specialty Orthopaedics.