What I found out recently while reading an article on ACL rehab is that in the realm of fitness, either you have had an ACL tear, pull, strain/sprain or you’ll soon get one.  If you are either in the following categories : Athlete, competitive / collegiate, professional, semi-pro, or just weekend warrior you are in the running for an ACL injury.

Now, according to an article in the August issue of Biomechanics there is a great insight and arguments surrounding the efficacy of strength training or no strength training to prevent the ACL injuries.

Please read the article in Biomechanic’s online version.  If anything, we as a whole can learn something new.  On a side note as a parent we push our kids to learn more, learn faster, and study harder so that they may have more time to practice and play harder.  Well, no wonder with the continuing saga of parents shuttling their kids from practice to practice and game after game the seasons really don’t end for the little ones and this is a continual dilemma in the U.S. facing both parents and youngsters of today.  The questions posed by professionals are :

1)  Why so many injuries?

2)  Why so long of a season on a single sport?

3)  Are the kids really benefiting from a single sport program to start with?

These questions may seem relevant not just to the kids, but to pre-teens, teens, adolescents and adults alike.  Too much, too soon, too often leads to break down of performance, psychological stress, physical stress in the forms of weight loss/gain, connective tissue strain, sprain and then blow!  What must seem like a no brainer to some, can be the total opposite for others.  Debates are always going to lead the forums on such studies as to what is good, bad and indifferent on the menu for children playing sports and what can be done to prevent such athletic career ending injuries so early in life. 

Questions, comments must always be posed to the professionals in such areas also.

For instance, when was the last time you took your child for a “real” physical?  Blood work, chest x-rays, EKG, Stress test?  Only for the beginning of the season?  How about to see if that child has an anomaly that no other physical workup has found by listening to the lungs, feeling the pulse, checking the bp and vaccinations for up to date shots, and looking in the ear, nose and throat of that said child, pre-teen, teen….

Sudden death to teen athletes is a great article written by Anissa Anderson Orr
& Karen Krakower
in the Health Leader, from the University of Texas.  It quantifies what we as parents must all be thinking about the next time JR tells you that he wants to join: _____________.(fill in the blank)

Success in sports is not just on the field of play, it’s at the Dr’s office, and at home when we cover all of the bases first.

Have a great day, and hug your kids and tell them you love them.