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Episode Info:   Your young teenage soccer star runs up the field and makes a quick change in direction, you see their knee buckle and they crumple to the ground in pain. They can’t put any weight on it. You get to them and they think something popped in their knee. Within a few hours the knee starts to swell. The next morning it’s still pretty swollen and still can’t put weight on it so you take them in to your local sports medicine specialist. The doctor examines the knee and then gets some x-rays of the knee. Everything on the x-rays looked fine but they’re concerned about the exam. When they tested the ACL, or the anterior cruciate ligament, the doctor thinks the exam wasn’t normal and they’re fairly certain the ACL is torn. After that you and your young soccer star don’t hear much else of what the doctor has to say as you’ve eard of this injury before and know this means your child is likely going to be out of sports for a while. ACL injuries in kids have been described as some as an epidemic. Surgeons are operating on more young athletes with this injury than ever before. Today on the podcast we are going to talk about what to expect when your young athlete has been diagnosed with an ACL tear, what happens in surgery, what to expect following surgery, what rehabilitation is like and expectations for getting back to sports. I am Dr. Mark Halstead, your host, and you are listening to the Healthy Young Athlete Podcast.   The Healthy Young Athlete Podcast Links Bar:  Subscribe via Apple Podcasts |  Subscribe via RSS Feed |  Facebook Page |  Twitter Page | Stitcher Page Find Even More Ways to Listen & Subscribe via The Podcaster Matrix!     The ultimate success for every podcaster – is FEEDBACK! Be sure to take just a few minutes to tell the hosts of this podcast what YOU think over at Apple Podcasts! It takes only a few minutes but helps the hosts of this program pave the way to future greatness! Not an Apple Podcasts user? No problem! Be sure to check out any of the other many growing podcast directories online to find this and many other podcasts via The Podcaster Matrix!     Housekeeping — Interested in being a Guest on The Healthy Young Athlete Podcast? Connect with Mark today! — Learn More About The Healthy Young Athlete Podcast: Learn why this podcast exists… Links from this Episode: — Dr. Mark Halstead https://www.ortho.wustl.edu/content/Patient-Care/2797/Find-a-Physician/Physician-Directory/Mark-Halstead-MD/Bio.aspx — Dr. Jennifer Beck  https://www.uclahealth.org/body.cfm?id=10&action=detail&ref=1679 — Paul Jenkins https://www.stlouischildrens.org/node/23991 — Center for Sports Medicine – OIC https://ortho-institute.org/care/sports-medicine — Young Athlete Center – St Louis Childrens https://www.ortho.wustl.edu/content/Patient-Care/4744/Services/Pediatric-and-Adolescent-Orthopedic-Surgery/Young-Athlete-Center/Overview.aspx — Summer Runestad – LinkedIn at: https://www.linkedi...
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