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Format: 04/16/2014
Format: 04/16/2014


WTAE-TV: Try Different Stretches To Prevent ACL Tears

Friday, March 12th, 2010

PITTSBURGH -- Torn ACLs affect about 100,000 people who blow out their knees each year, and Channel 4 Action News anchor Michelle Wright tried to find out how to prevent it -- but she learned that the traditional way of stretching out before exercising will just make it worse.

Tara Gallupe is a senior at Avonworth High School. She's getting a college basketball scholarship and doesn't want to risk it with an injury.

"It would crush me. I would be so upset," Gallupe said.

While ACL tears take a heavy toll on athletes, they also cost baby boomers money when they're forced to miss work with the painful injury.

Doctors are seeing a surge in cases of torn ACLs -- especially for women.

A pilot study by West Penn Allegheny Health System is trying to help.

"The problem with ACL tears is, once they occur, you can't really repair them typically. You have to have them reconstructed, and it's a lot of time lost," said Dr. Sam Akhavan, an orthopedic surgeon at Allegheny General Hospital.

The first thing that Gallupe and her teammates learned in the 12-week program is that the old way of stretching only increased their risk of getting hurt. Now, there's a new way to warm up.

To read more, visit the WTAE website.

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