Surgery is season-ending, but most young athletes can come back.

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Before choosing surgery, ask yourself – and your doctor – if you really need the operation.

It was an away basketball game, and just as well that Abby Navarro’s parents weren’t in the stands.Navarro, then 16 and a forward for Lawton High School in Oklahoma, was dribbling left-handed down the court, a rival player close behind. “I remember trying to cross the ball over to my right hand when she kind of shouldered me, and that made my knee pivot in,” she recalls. “It hyperextended, and I felt the pop.” Navarro dropped to the floor and grabbed her leg as the burning sensation hit. “All I could do was just hold my knee and wait for somebody to come help me.” [Read More]

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