A Public Awareness Program for ACL Injury Prevention

Anterior cruciate Ligament (ACL) tears are among the most common injuries in young athletes today. National studies show a dramatic rise in ACL injuries — especially in female athletes — over the past 10 years. ACL injuries can lead to arthritis and other knee problems in aging athletes. Studies show that athletes can reduce their risk of injury as much as 72 percent by adhering to a knee strengthening and conditioning program. The Illinois Athletic Trainers Association (IATA) and sports medicine physicians at Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush (MOR), have teamed up to help prevent ACL injuries from occurring. Their public awareness program, “Knees for Life,” urges coaches and athletic trainers to institute ACL injury screenings and prevention programs for athletes at risk.

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Patient Stories

Division I Track Athlete Undergoes Cartilage Regrowth Treatment

On a recent visit to see Dr. Brian Cole at Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush in Chicago, she was all smiles when Dr. Cole reported that her recovery from a brand-new treatment for knee pain was right on track.

A runner since age eight, Jasmine grew up training on less-than-ideal surfaces near her west side of Chicago home. Growing up, she also played basketball competitively, but decided to focus on running track in college.

One year into her track career at Youngstown State competing in the 200 and 400-meter events, she developed pain in her right knee. Like many determined athletes and just 19 years old, she assumed it was temporary and ran through the pain—for two years.

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