Take steps to prevent damage to this key knee ligament, which is becoming more common in young athletes.
The landscape of youth sports has changed significantly in recent decades.
Highly competitive youth leagues have largely replaced more laid-back pickup games. Kids are increasingly specializing in a single sport year-round, rather than bouncing from one game to the next with long, languid off-seasons in between. Experts say that fundamental shift in how kids and parents approach sports – and how much kids play – may have consequences when it comes to a child or adolescent’s risk of injury.