Healthcast: Preventing knee injuries

Healthcast: Preventing knee injuries

(HEALTHCAST) - Hattie Cutcliffe has loved gymnastics since she was a little girl.

"I was one of those kids who was rough and tumble, just bouncing around everywhere," Cutcliffe said.

That was until one day on the balance beam.

"I was doing a skill called an aerial cartwheel, which is essentially a cartwheel with no hands," Cutcliffe said.

She landed off balance and tore her anterior cruciate ligament or ACL.

"There are over 400,000 ACL tears in the U.S. Each year," Dr. Louis E. Defrate said.

Defrate and his research team at Duke University are studying the causes of ACL tears, in the hopes of preventing this type of injury. Defrate and his team created a 'stress test,' combining MRIs of the knee with high tech x-ray imaging.

"We can see which positions the ACL is stretched the most and when it's most likely to fail," Defrate said.

This test can lead to better training programs for athletes and weekend warriors.

Hattie now coaches young girls gymnastics and teaches them the proper way to land, keeping young athletes active and their knees safe from injury.

Duke researchers also studied surgical techniques for ACL replacement, they have already discovered ways to improve placement to reduce the risk of osteoarthritis.


More Stories

Don't Miss

  • Texoma Pros
  • Buy Local Texoma
    Copyright 2018 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
  • Home Network
    Copyright 2018 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
  • Live Stream
  • Pay It Forward
    Copyright 2018 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Trending Stories

Latest News

  • Texoma's Home Page

  • KFDX 3 Weather

  • KFDX 3 Sports

  • TexomasHomepage.com,
    KFDX, KJTL, & KJBO

  • KFDX 3 Weather

  • KFDX 3 News

    Instagram
  • TexomasHomepage Mobile App