Friday, May 9 2014, 02:38 PM MDT
ACL Knee Injuries in Children
(KUTV) The American Academy of Pediatrics has published guidelines for treatment and more importantly the prevention of ACL injuries this month.
Neuromuscular Training Programs involving Plyometric exercises have shown to decrease ACL injuries in girls by 72 percent. The programs include strengthening exercises, especially for the gluteal and hamstring muscles. The program also includes balance training and plyometrics, which are repetitive jumping exercises that build power and strength.
The most important part is plyometrics and to give girls feedback on the position of their hips and knees, specifically which positions are safe or not safe.
Talk to your child's coach or Primary care provider for local resources providing this training and educate yourself as a parent on the risks, treatment and prevention of this injury.
Katrina Jensen, a nurse from Intermountain Healthcare, is in studio to talk about ACL knee injuries in kids in detail.
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