Yes, football is a violent sport. But 75 percent of knee injuries in sports don’t involve contact, according to a research study by a College of Charleston professor.
Dr. Anh-Dung “Yum” Nguyen, an assistant professor in the Department of Health and Human Performance, and research assistant Kristin Keene are working to identify risk factors for ACL injuries in adolescent athletes. They hope the findings will help athletic trainers and doctors better understand what causes knee injuries and develop ways to prevent them.
College of Charleston is one of three universities involved in the study, along with Connecticut and North Florida, and researchers hope to have 5,000 student-athletes participate. Locally, West Ashley is the only high school involved, although Stall is expected to take part next semester.