Two-hundred-fifty-thousand – that’s the number of ACL injuries that occur every year in the United States. Most of these injuries happen in young athletes in sports that involve jumping, pivoting, or hard cutting. One-hundred-thousand is the number of ACL reconstruction surgeries in the US each year. Just about every athlete wants to know one thing after their ACL surgery…
“When can I get back to my sport?”
To answer this, we’ll look at:
– How much time you should spend in Physical Therapy rehabilitating
– How many months after surgery are proven to give the best outcomes
– Physical requirements for returning to sports
Have you seen the movie Bloodsport? If you haven’t, let me put it this way: it’s the best cheesy ’80s kickboxing movie of all time – one that I’d highly recommend (if you’re into that sort of thing). There’s a famous scene in the movie where Jean Claude Van Damme is doing the splits while meditating. But doing the splits the normal way isn’t enough for Van Damme – he does them with each foot resting on chairs, with nothing supporting his body in between. Whenever I think of a groin strain I picture this scene.
Although you or I won’t ever be able to match Van Damme’s groin strength (unless you happened to be an elite gymnast), we can strive to improve ours – and we should because, as it turns out, strengthening not only helps you recover from groin strains, but it can also help prevent them.
Surprisingly, there’s not much knowledge in the general public about hip labrum tears – what causes them and how they can best be managed. I’d venture to say most people don’t even know what a labrum is. Maybe this lack of awareness exists because labral tears aren’t that common – this is what I used to think. Then I looked into it and what I found shocked me. I learned that they are, in fact, incredibly common in people with hip or groin pain.
Because they’re so common, it’s important to understand the difference between what’s normal, and what needs treatment. We will also look at how to best treat hip labrum tears and also how to potentially prevent them…
Kids sports nowadays have gotten more and more intense. It seems like parents are signing their kids up for private coaching and travel teams before they learn to tie their own shoes. Ever since the world saw the results of a father taking his 2-year old son to the golf course every day, parents and coaches have taken notice.
As much as we’re pressured into specializing our kids early in their sport – from coaches, schools, peers, other parents, travel teams – there is much evidence showing that early sport specialization has its detriments. On the flip-side, though, multi-sport participation proves to be very beneficial.
Let’s take a closer look…