Sharp Rise in Serious Sports Injuries in Children


"So Tom Brady tore his ACL, and he plays sports," ABC News' chief health and medical editor Dr. Richard Besser said to Caleb as they stood at the center of the very same football field where Brady tore his ACL three years ago. "Do you know how he did that?"

"No," Caleb responded.

"Maybe you should ask him," Besser said, as Brady and his teammates Deion Branch and Wes Welker walked in to surprise Caleb and his family.

Caleb and Brady shared their sports stories. But more important, Brady shared advice on how to prevent future injury – advice that Caleb's doctors agree with.

Slow stretching and strengthening of the leg muscle, especially the front and back muscles of the thigh, can help rehabilitate the injured knee. Brady and Caleb have both been advised to avoid sports that include twisting and contact while recovering from their injury.

"There's no shortcuts to it. It's just a lot of hard work," said Brady. "You just got to put your mind to it, really try to go after it and hope that it gets really strong so you're back out there running with your friends."

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