Daily Archives: February 26, 2009

Lacrosse Injuries: ACL Tears Occuring In Younger Athletes As Lacrosse And Other Sports Become Year-Round


Each year more than 300,000 Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) tears occur in the United States.acltears According to information released today at the 2009 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), ACL tears are being seen in younger patients as an increasing number of children and adolescents participate in year-round sports.

“What’s happening is that usually by about age 12, children choose the sport in which they are determined to excel and then participate in that sport year round,” explains Darren L. Johnson, MD, orthopaedic surgeon and director of sports medicine at the University of Kentucky School of Medicine. “Participating without taking time off, playing on multiple teams at one time and at higher competition levels, makes young athletes more susceptible to ACL tears at a younger age.”

Dr. Johnson says ACL injuries are common among athletes who play:





The injury is almost twice as common in female athletes compared to males, although the reasons why are still not entirely clear.

When an ACL tears or ruptures, it is a severe injury to the knee. “The real story is that only about 60 to 70 percent of athletes make it back to the same level of playing that they had before,” said Dr. Johnson.

In order to improve those statistics, orthopaedic surgeons are trying to more accurately customize surgery to each individual patient. “We are trying to do a better job at recreating a person’s unique anatomy,” noted Dr. Johnson, “and are actually trying to recreate the ACL that the patient had prior to the injury.”

Most often surgery is necessary to replace the ACL. It is important that athletes give their legs proper time to heal before returning to the sport in which they injured their knee. “This is a year-long recovery, but many young athletes do not understand this,” explains

Dr. Johnson. He often tells his patients to consider golfer Tiger Woods as an example.

Woods injured his ACL and has not returned to the game of golf since June 2008. “The reason you cannot return to playing after just a few months is because you do not have the strength back in your leg and the repaired ligament is not strong enough,” said Dr. Johnson. “Coming back too early is a real problem and puts the athlete at a higher risk for re-injury.”

Dr. Johnson says young athletes need to understand this fact in order to avoid further problems down the road. “Having two ACLs replaced by the time athletes are in high school is not uncommon,” noted Dr. Johnson, “but once that happens, it is very unlikely their knees will ever be normal.”



This topic and other sports injuries will be the focus of a Media Briefing entitled: “Mastering the ACL and Other Sports Injuries,” on Wednesday, February 25, in the Sands Expo Center, Venetian Hotel, Level One, Room 904 at 10:45am. Panelists include: Moderator: Darren L. Johnson, MD, James Andrews, MD, Freddie Fu, MD and Matt Matava, MD.



California High School Lacrosse: State Budget Deficit To Force Saddleback Valley Unified School District To Eliminate Funding For High School Lacrosse; El Toro, Mission Viejo And Laguna Hills High School Lacrosse Among Programs To Be Impacted

missionviejolacrosseThe Saddleback Valley Unified School District will need to cut $10 million from next year’s budget and about 134 jobs – including 33 classroom teachers – in response to the state budget signed Friday.
At a school board meeting Tuesday, district officials outlined a cost-cutting plan that includes canceling the college-level International Baccalaureate program at two of the district’s four high schools, scaling back the popular class-size reduction program in the primary grades, and making bus transit available only in areas with a “high need.”
Also under the plan, funding for high school lacrosse and roller hockey would be wiped out completely, as would all high school assistant sports coaches and the last remaining certificated librarians in high schools.





University Of Denver Men’s Lacrosse To Host “Face-Off Classic” With Towson, Air Force, And Sacred Heart Lacrosse Competing

denvermenslacrosse2The No. 16 University of Denver men’s lacrosse team (1-1, 0-0 GWLL) will open its 2009 home schedule when it hosts the 8th Annual Harrow Face-Off Classic this weekend at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium.

Denver will face Sacred Heart on Sat., Feb. 28 at 1:30 p.m. and Towson on Sun., Mar. 1 at 1:30 p.m.

Also competing in the Face-Off Classic will be Air Force, which is slated to play Towson on Sat. at 11 a.m. and Sacred Heart on Sun. at 11 a.m.


Sacred Heart looks to rebound after a disappointing 0-2 start to its season. The Pioneers opened their season by dropping a 15-6 decision at No. 20 UMass, and followed that up with a 22-8 loss against Bryant University. For the season, Sacred Heart has taken 31 shots on goal, while allowing its opponents 62.

The Pioneers have won 40.4% of their face-offs on the season, scored on 1-10 man-up opportunities and successfully killed off 4-10 of their opponent’s man-up chances. Timmy Katz leads Sacred Heart in scoring this season with 5 goals and 2 assists for 7 points. Zach Smith leads the team in ground balls with 15. Tom Trgo has gotten both of the starts in net so far for the Pioneers. Smith has played 60:00, allowing 15 goals and compiling a .483 save percentage. Sacred Heart returns nine of its top-10 scorers from a team that finished 7-5 in 2008.

The Tigers head west for a pair of games after losing their season opener at No. 18 Loyola, 11-8. In that contest, Towson bounced back after spotting Loyola an early 4-0 lead, but was never able to completely recover from its initial deficit. Sean Maguire led the Tigers with 2 goals, while both Bill McCutcheon and Tim Stratton posted a goal and 2 assists. Mitchell Rosensweig scooped up a game-high 8 ground balls for the Tigers. Towson started Rob Wheeler at goalkeeper, and he managed to make 14 saves in the losing effort. In 2008, Towson compiled a 5-9 record. 28 out of 44 letterwinners and three of 10 starters return from that team.


Last Saturday, Denver won a 10-9 squeaker over No. 20 Albany in a game played in the Empire State’s capitol city. Junior Charley Dickenson (Dallas, Texas) led the Pioneers with 3 goals and 2 assists, including the eventual game-winner with 6:32 remaining in the fourth period. Senior Joey Murray (Denver, Colo.) chipped in with 3 goals for Denver while freshman Alex Gajic (Burnaby, British Columbia) scored twice. In net, junior goalie Peter Lowell (Freeport, Maine) came up big for DU, making 13 saves on 22 shots on goal.


The Pioneers will host defending GWLL champion Notre Dame at Invesco Field at Mile High on April 11, 2009, at 1:30 p.m. When the two teams met last season, Denver prevailed 9-8 in a game played in Chicago. The Fighting Irish are currently ranked eight in the country in the USILA Coaches’ Poll. Last season, Notre Dame defeated Colgate 8-7 in the first round of the NCAA tournament before losing to eventual national champion Syracuse in an 11-9 squeaker in the quarterfinal round.


So far this season, the Pioneers have converted on 3-4 man-up opportunities, while holding their opponents to 3-7 with the man-advantage. Denver has placed 62.1% of its shots on goal and 29.3% of them have resulted in goals, while 74.6% of its opponent’s shots have been on target and 40.8% have produced scores. The Pioneers have won 47.1% of their face-offs and been successful on 74.4% of clears. DU has scooped up 49 ground balls versus 71 for its opponents, and has committed 28 turnovers while benefiting from 26 by its opponents. Joey Murray leads the Pioneers in scoring with 6 goals and 1 assist, and Charley Dickenson is not far behind with 4 goals and 2 assists. Peter Lowell has logged 67:39 in net for the Pioneers, and has compiled team leading statistics in goals against average (10.64) and save percentage (.538). Austin Konkel has also played 39:17 at goalkeeper, allowing 11 goals and making saves on 47.6% of the shots he has faced. Ben Wahler has taken 37 of 51 face-offs so far for the Pioneers, winning 17 and losing 20.



Live Stats, results and recaps from the each game during the Classic can be found by clicking the Harrow Face-Off Classic logo on the men’s lacrosse page of

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