Seeing children running about a sports pitch, or enjoying ski school is a great sight, and one we all actively encourage, both as parents, teachers or one of the army of volunteer coaches. However, increasing numbers of children are sustaining serious knee injuries, which could have long term consequences on their future activity levels. Whilst several sports bodies around the world have introduced simple injury prevention exercises to try and mitigate this problem, here in the UK we are behind the curve and need to do more.
In this article, Specialist Orthopaedic Knee Surgeon, Professor Adrian Wilson, who has treated serious complex ligament injuries in both adults and children, gives his views on how we can all help to ensure our young people enjoy a lifelong relationship with sport and exercise. His own daughter suffered an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) rupture whilst on a family ski holiday a number of years ago. Whilst she is now able to participate in many activities, she unfortunately no longer skies, due to the risk of further damage.