Young, athletic girls like aminah carter, 8, are being treated for sports injuries typically associated with adults and professional athletes as a parent, you encourage your child to participate in a diverse range of activities, said sarah ahmed. Acl injuries in young athletes an acl injury is the tearing of the anterior cruciate (pronounced krooshe-ate) ligament, inside your knee joint. An acl injury most commonly occurs during sports that involve sudden stops and changes in direction-such as basketball, soccer, tennis, and volleyball. The treatment of acl tears in the young, athletic, skeletally mature (adult) knee is usually reconstruction. A tendon is usually taken from another part of the body and used to rebuild the torn ligament. Non-operative treatment with braces and exercise usually fails. Acl injuries are one of the most common knee injuries among athletes. According to the american orthopedic society for sports medicine, about 150,000 acl injuries occur in the united states every year. The same source reports that acl injuries account for more than a 500 million in u. individual patient factors should guide the decision on whether to surgically reconstruct many who delay surgery end up having reconstruction anyway paul rapson spl currently, the clinical indication for anterior cruciate ligament (acl) reconstruction takes into account both patient related and knee related factors. In an effort to better identify these factors, frobell and colleagues. While injuries in young athletes are similar to the ones that affect adults, they cant always be treated in the same way because their bodies are not fully developed. The acl helps to stabilize the knee, or keeps it from giving way. Although we usually hear about acl injuries in adults playing sports such as football, in which the players are hit in the knee by another player, there is an increasing incidence of acl injuries in kids and teenagers. what are the effects of an acl tear on young athletes? The effects of an acl tear can be long-lasting. Injured athletes who become distanced from their sport and its social network can experience depression, and time away from school for treatments can impact academic performance. In addition, children and teens with an acl injury are up to 10 times more likely to develop early arthritis. Purpose to evaluate the incidence of new meniscal injuries since the initial diagnostic magnetic resonance imaging (mri) of young adults who sustained a pediatric acl injury.