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ACL injuries are becoming more prevalent among female athletes

CANFIELD, Ohio – ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) injuries are seasonal injuries and the fall season has just begun.

"It is certainly becoming more common in females and with increased female participation in sports like soccer and basketball they make up at least half if not more of the injuries we see here each year," said Dr. Thomas Joseph with Youngstown Orthopaedic Associates.

Dr. Joseph says injuries to ACLs occur in either contact or non-contact settings. While not all injuries require surgery, Dr. Joseph says it is often the best option for younger more active athletes.

"That knee is more likely to give out and shift and have further injury if it is not reconstructed," Dr. Joseph said.

Most times surgery ends an athlete's sports season. Dr. Joseph says most patients require six months of physical therapy.

Because there is not much that can be done to prevent the injuries, Dr. Joseph suggests strength training.

"Bracing can prevent some other injuries, but not the case with ACLs. Strengthening and conditioning definitely helps and there are programs out there that target ACL rehab to try and prevent injuries, but even with good training, good strengthening we are going to see athletes every year from football teams, soccer teams and basketball teams with ACL injuries," Dr. Joseph said.

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