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ACL Double Take This local athlete bounced back— twice!—from a common injury affecting young women L 4 Su m m e r 2 013 Atlanta Christian School, she tore her right ACL. During her junior year, she tore her left. “The first time, at a game early in December, I heard a pop,” Skyler says. “It didn’t really hurt, but my leg felt like jelly.” After an MRI at Gwinnett Medical Center was used to confirm the tear, Dr. Maughon performed ACL reconstruction surgery in January, after which Skyler online ike many young women, Skyler Brody, 17, began playing sports as a preschooler and has continued throughout her school years. Also like many women, Skyler has torn an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), one of the four major ligaments that connect the femur and tibia behind the knee. “Some orthopedists are calling ACL injuries among female athletes an epidemic,” says T. Scott Maughon, MD, an orthopedic surgeon on the Gwinnett Medical Center Sports Medicine Committee. “Female athletes, especially teenagers, are more likely to suffer an ACL injury than male athletes, but we don’t know exactly why. Some of the theories include differences in anatomy, knee alignment, knee laxity, hip rotation and knee hyperextension, muscle strength and conditioning.” In fact, research has shown that women tear their ACLs two to eight times more often than their male counterparts, depending on the sport. Generally, ACL injuries occur without contact from another person, most often in sports that involve sudden changes of direction or landing from a jump, such as basketball (Skyler’s favorite), gymnastics and soccer. What’s more, “a young woman with an ACL tear is highly likely to tear her other ACL,” Dr. Maughon says. This, too, was true for Skyler. As a freshman at Greater Everything You Want to Know About Sports Injuries Discover more about injuries like ACL tears. Go to and click the links under “Common Sports Injuries & Conditions.”

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Vim & Vigor - Summer 2013 - Gwinnett Medical Center

Vim & Vigor - Summer 2013 - Gwinnett Medical Center
Phil’s Feature
ACL Double Take
Saving the Littlest Lives
The Ultimate Backto- School Checklist
Join the Movement
Stroke Stories
5 Steps to Better Bone Health
Gut Instinct
Morgan Freeman
Prostate Playbook
The Main Ingredient
Looking Ahead
Virtual Health
PrimeTime Health
Delivered from Devastation
A Big Reason to Smile
Out of the White Coat
Transforming Healthcare

Vim & Vigor - Summer 2013 - Gwinnett Medical Center