Meta Description: There has been an increase in research effort directed at determining the frequency and cause of Anterior Cruciate Ligament injury over the past decade. However, few studies have reported on the incidence of Anterior Cruciate Ligament tears specifically in the pediatric population.
Despite the many positive effects of sports participation, the risk of injury remains a significant problem for young athletes. There is increasing evidence that Anterior Cruciate Ligament injuries result in an increased risk for osteoarthritis later in life. Shea et al. reported that knee injuries account for 13.2 percent of all sports injuries, of which a large majority is Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injuries tears. Anterior Cruciate Ligament tears in young athletes have increased in incidence over the past 20 years with literature reporting Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injuries tears in 250,000 to 300,000 individuals per year.
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