We do physical therapy in our office.
We also work directly with a local high school, supplying their athletic trainer.
One of the common trends we see (and the literature agrees with) is that young females tear their ACL more than any other group of people.
Let’s look at why this might be. As it turns out, WHY girls tend to tear their ACL a lot more than boys becomes the primary focus of how we rehabilitate torn ACL and what we preach in terms of prevention.
In basic terms, females tear their ACL because they cannot control their knee effectively during movements. This should be obvious when just considering what a ligament is and why it is there. A ligament is a passive structure intended to be a “last-ditch” support in the event that the knee muscles fail to keep the knee stable.
Now there are two schools of thought on this. Either you think that it was just a freak accident and there was nothing the athlete could have done, or you see that there was a lack of control that can be addressed and corrected.
Which one of these schools of thought is correct can be solved by looking at how the vast majority of ACL injuries happen. The vast majority are non-contact injuries. This means that no one hit the knee or ran into another player, it was simply a matter of losing control.
We have methods of analyzing and correcting movement which will drastically reduce a person’s odds of having an ACL injury or a re-injury. Any therapy team will be able to get your range of motion back, but our therapy team takes the next step of addressing why you injured it and correcting the real problem.
Dr. Joel Ardner