orthopedics, sports medicine

Tips to avoid ACL injuries

Did you know that female athletes are up to eight times more likely to suffer an ACL injury than their male counterparts?

A sprain or tear of the anterior cruciate ligament is among the most common knee injuries suffered on the playing field.

But, why are women more susceptible?  Some researchers cite physical conditioning in addition to muscular strength and control. Others point to differences in the pelvis and lower leg alignment. Still others target the effects of estrogen on ligaments.

Whatever the reason, Signature Medical Group has many skilled orthopedic surgeons and sports medicine experts that can help women – and men – prevent ACL injuries. Agility and coordination drills along with strength training can lessen the likelihood of a mishap.

ALC tears often happen when an athlete is landing a jump, pivoting, or performing some kind of sudden movement, so practicing the proper technique for these movements is another preventative measure. And warming up and stretching before any activity is always important.

Signature Medical Group’s orthopedic specialists will do their best to keep athletes on the field. Make an appointment today to get the latest techniques on how to stay healthy and fit.