Genes may explain higher ACL injuries in girls, according to new research

Bethany Jewell

In a groundbreaking study, Dr. Kerwyn Jones, chairman of orthopedic surgery at Akron Children’s, found genes may explain the higher rates of ACL injuries for female athletes.

How to reduce risk of ACL injuries in girls


As an orthopedic surgeon caring for young athletes, I see it again and again − a young female soccer player misses a year of playing due to an ACL tear, only to return the following year with a tear in the opposite knee. A torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is a common knee injury among athletes. And in female athletes, it’s up to 8 times more common than in boys.

Answers to 6 commonly asked questions about ACL tears A Q & A with Dr. Kerwyn Jones

High school girls playing basketball

Why do girls tear their ACL more than boys? What’s the difference between an ACL and meniscal tear? After surgery, can my son expect to return to the same level of play as before surgery?

New surgical instrumentation will help keep young athletes with ACL injuries in the game

Dr. Jones holds a model of  a knee featuring an ACL repair.

Tears of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), one of the four major ligaments in the knee, are one of the most common injuries in young athletes.

Learning how the arm bone’s connected to the shoulder bone (Photo gallery)


Working with synthetic “saw” bones and cadavers, about 80 orthopedic residents from Ohio and Pennsylvania recently received two days of hands-on training led by Akron Children’s nationally-ranked pediatric orthopedic surgery team.

Jordan’s Myelo Clinic visit full of joy and laughter

Randy and Jordan

I’m not sure if looking forward or anxiously awaiting is the correct phrase to describe how we felt going into our Myelo Clinic appointment in June. Our last was in December so we were ready to see what our doctors had to say about our little man’s progress.