Why Are Your Kids Getting Hurt?

March 2, 2017

Many more kids are damaging their knees playing sports, a new study finds.

It's all in the knees.

A common knee injury --the dreaded anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear-- has steadily increased among six-to-18-year-olds in the United States. WebMD.com says the rate of ACL injuries in kids is rising more than two percent per year over the last two decades, with the knee injuries peaking in high school.

Who's more at risk?

Girls have a higher rate of ACL injuries, and sports that involve cutting or pivoting – like soccer and basketball -- are the riskiest for ACL tears. Contact sports like football can further increase the risk. ACL tears are also frequently seen in tennis and volleyball players.