Stories about: ACL reconstruction

How to prevent ACL injuries in female athletes

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An ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) tear is a devastating injury that can end an athlete’s season and sometimes take up to a year to fully recover. Along with the pain and long rehab process, it also carries the consequences of a high rate of re-tear and increased risk for osteoarthritis. But what if you could decrease your risk of getting this injury, just by doing certain exercises for 20 minutes two times per week?

Dr. Dai Sugimoto, director of clinical research at The Micheli Center for Sports Injury Prevention at Boston Children’s Hospital, has focused his research on training regimens that help prevent ACL injuries. Through extensive study, Sugimoto has found specific exercises that have been shown to decrease the rate of ACL injuries for female athletes.

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Julia Marino’s Olympic story: Achieving after injury

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Julia Marino is always thinking about her story, and it would be hard not too, given how much of an adventure her life has been so far. “Being adopted out of Paraguay to have a normal life in America would’ve been enough of a story itself,” she says. “But I’ve had the chance to live a life beyond what anybody could even dream of.”

As an Olympic skier, Julia has been competing at the top of her sport for almost a decade. In 2014, she reached the pinnacle of snow sports at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. But how she got there – and where she plans on going now – was heavily influenced by a devastating knee injury just a few years before the Olympics.

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Year in review: Our most popular Thriving stories

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As the year comes to a close, we look back on some of the most popular stories — from basic tips to second chances to ground-breaking surgeries. Thank you to the many families and patients who kindly contributed to the success of Thriving in 2016. As always, you inspire us. Happy New Year!

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ACL repair: What it’s like to be first to have a new surgery

Dr. Martha Murray explains bridge-enhanced ACL repair
Dr. Martha Murray explains bridge-enhanced ACL repair

At the beginning of the historically snowy Boston 2015 winter, I took a ski trip to the Green Mountains with some friends. On the morning of our first day, I lost control and, while tumbling to a halt, I heard two pops: One was my right ski-binding opening and the other was my left anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) rupturing.

As a doctoral student at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, I found myself exploring treatment options, even before I got the MRI scan to confirm the ACL tear.

I was particularly troubled to hear about the high risk of early-onset osteoarthritis in the injured knee with the current standard surgery.

After following the research, I was encouraged to learn Dr. Martha Murray and her team at Boston Children’s Hospital Sports Medicine had just started recruiting for a first-in-humans safety trial testing a promising new ACL-repair method.

I called Dr. Murray’s research coordinator and sent my MRI results to find out if I was eligible to participate in the trial. Within a few hours, they returned my call. I was eager to learn more.

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