PORTLAND, Ore. -- Many teenagers like to participate in sports. But there’s something parents should be aware of. Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield examined claim data and found a dramatic spike in knee injuries related to one specific age group: 17-year-olds.
“To see such a young population experiencing this was a little bit surprising to us” said Raki Pai, the executive medical director of Regence.
Portland State University soccer player Jacky Huchler was just outside the most affected age group when she suffered a serious knee injury in 2016. She tore the anterior cruciate ligament, medial collateral ligament and suffered a bone fracture.
“I never thought I would be the one to tear my ACL. It can happen to anyone.” Huchler said. She’s back on the field playing and feels as strong as ever.
Doctors say proper training before participating in sports will help. They also say playing a variety of sports can help prevent injuries.