When a young athlete collapses in pain because of a knee injury, thoughts quickly turn to the worst-case scenario: an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury.

Thankfully, the outlook for ACL injury recovery has improved, mainly because surgeons are using a less invasive procedure that does not damage the growth plate and allows most athletes to continue playing a high-impact sport after recovery.

Also, specific exercises have been shown to reduce the chance of ACL injuries, especially in young women, according to Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injuries: Diagnosis, Treatment and Prevention (

), a new clinical report from the AAP Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness and the Section on Orthopaedics.

Reproduced with permission from Care of the Young Athlete, 2nd edition. Elk Grove Village, IL: American Academy of Pediatrics and American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 2009.

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