Children’s in the news: ACL on the rise in young athletes

by Tripp Underwood on November 16, 2011

ABC World News recently ran a story featuring Children’s Hospital Boston patient Caleb Seymour, an 8-year-old football player who tore his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) on the field. Unfortunately, Caleb is just one of many young athletes facing this type of knee injury. Recent data shows ACL tears are rising rapidly among young people, and their long-term effects can be substantial. Kids who suffer serious ACL damage can have life-long problems with leg mobility, uneven leg growth or arthritis.

To help Caleb avoid these problems and get back on the field, Mininder Kocher, MD, MPH, associate director of Children’s Division of Sports Medicine, has been working with Caleb and his family to get the young man back in playing shape. He’s also been teaching them stretching exercises and other tips that will help him avoid similar injuries in the future.

And while rehab is tough work, Caleb gets inspiration from a another New England football player who also suffered an ACL tear: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

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To find out more about this topic, read the full archive of Thriving posts on sports injury in kids or request an appointment at Children’s. In 2011, Children’s Hospital Boston was ranked #1 in the category of pediatric orthopedics by U.S. News & World Report.

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