By Holly Lebowitz Rossi

Kids who play sports are increasingly suffering injuries to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), the main stabilizing ligament in the knee.  As recently as a decade ago, these injuries were practically unheard of among children, who instead were notorious for fracturing the knee bone called the tibial spine--this latter bone is easy to fracture while the skeleton is still growing.

From 1999 until 2011, ACL tears increased by an average of 11 percent per year.

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