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Medicina dello Sport 2020 December;73(4):712-7

DOI: 10.23736/S0025-7826.20.03806-5

Copyright © 2020 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English, Italian

Conservative treatment of an incomplete anterior cruciate ligament injury in a young multi-sports athlete

Maurice DOURYANG 1, 2, 3 , Giovanni DE SARIO 4, Mihaela ACONSTANTINESEI MURÈ 1, Letizia VALENTINO 1, Laura GIORDANI 1, Giovanni M. D’ORSI 4, Calogero FOTI 1, 2

1 Unit of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Tor Vergata University, Rome, Italy; 2 Faculty of Medicine and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Dschang, Dschang, Cameroon; 3 Doctoral School of Evangelical University of Cameroon, Bandjoun, Cameroon; 4 Isokinetic Medical Group, FIFA Medical Center of Excellence, Rome, Italy


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Pediatric and adolescent anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries have dramatically increased in the last years. In those cases, a conservative treatment is proposed with a delayed reconstruction. In case of conservative treatment, it is decisive to have a rehabilitation approach with knee stability. The aim of this case report was to describe how a conservative rehabilitation, focused on a neuromuscular intervention and a fun workout adapted to the young age, can be effective to involve a young patient and at the same time to reduce risk of the reinjury. We present in this study the case of a 10-year-old male, praticing a multi-sport including tennis, sky and football (soccer), confirmed with an isolated partial ACL tear on his right knee. After the rehabilitation treatment performed, this case suggests that a specific neuromuscular training could be an important chance to approach and integrate a conservative rehabilitation to reduce primary and secondary ACL injury and avoid overload on a non-surgically treated knee in younger athletes.


KEY WORDS: Anterior cruciate ligament; Wounds and injuries; Athletes; Youth sport

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