The Children’s Hospital Colorado sports medicine team offers advanced care designed specifically for growing athletes.
Nothing derails an athlete’s sport season faster than an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear. For teenage girls — who are six times more likely to tear their ACLs than male athletes their age — these serious knee injuries are an all-too-familiar occurrence.
“Neuromuscular control, the role estrogen plays in ligament laxity, and the fact that women’s hips are wider, creating more of a knock knee, are all thought to contribute to a higher rate of ACL tears in young women,” said Jay Albright, MD, Surgical Director of Sports Medicine at Children’s Colorado. “Our goal is to prevent as many ACL injuries as possible.”
For ACL injury prevention, Children’s Colorado offers a Sportsmetrics program for athletes between ages 12 and 18. This program is designed to improve agility and speed, as well as educate athletes about risk factors. It is especially beneficial for female athletes.
When injuries happen
Children’s Colorado’s South Campus, which opened in Highlands Ranch in December 2013, is the latest location to offer sports medicine and physical therapy services.
“Child athletes are not small professionals,” Dr. Albright said. “Our team is uniquely trained to meet the specific needs of pediatric athletes. At our South Campus, we treat all types of sports injuries, including ACL tears and concussions.”
Visit orthopedics.childrenscolorado.org for more information about ACL injury and treatment.