Adolescent sports injuries are on the rise and are termed ‘the silent epidemic’. (Armstrong, 2007) This statement is echoed by Quinn, 2009, who described increased numbers of children developing chronic, overuse injuries.
A prevalent mechanism of injury to the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) is mechanical insufficiency. The ligament is put under stress during deceleration or an uncontrolled twisting movement. ACL surgeries were up 60% in 6-18 year olds over last 20 years and degenerative conditions that would normally be seen in 40-60 year-olds have been documented in 10-12 year olds. John, et al, 2018 Minimize Injury, Maximize Performance: A Sports Parent's Survival Guide.