Once considered an adult injury, ACL tears are occurring more often in the legs of elementary and middle school-age children, orthopedic specialists report. The increase, which stems in part from better diagnostic tools and a dramatic increase in children playing competitive, organized sports, has created a vexing problem: What's the best way to fix it?There more:
Training, even with pre-pubescent children, can help prevent injury, Kocher said. But he also advocates bringing back free play. Hopscotch, jumping rope and tree climbing all involve jumping, landing, core strength and balance.