Leading Article of the Month

2018 International Olympic Committee consensus statement on prevention, diagnosis and management of paediatric anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries
by Clare L. Ardern, Guri Ekå, Hege Grindem, Håvard Moksnes, Allen Anderson, Franck Chotel, Moises Cohen8, Magnus Forssblad, Theodore J. Ganley, Julian A. Feller, Jón Karlsson, Mininder S. Kocher, Robert F. LaPrade, Mike McNamee, Bert Mandelbaum, Lyle Micheli, Nicholas Mohtadi, Bruce Reider, Justin Roe, Romain Seil, Rainer Siebold, Holly J. Silvers‑Granelli, Torbjørn Soligard, Erik Witvrouw, Lars Engebretsen


The number of ACL injuries in children is rising, and the long-term outcomes after ACL injury in childhood, including development of osteoarthritis, are unknown. We are challenged as clinicians because we have limited evidence upon which to base our guidance and recommendations to children and their parents/guardians regarding prognosis after ACL injury. This free consensus statement addresses 6 fundamental clinical questions related to the prevention, diagnosis and management of ACL injuries in children. We hope you find it a clinically-relevant document that helps guide you through the key challenges related to paediatric ACL injury. Please share this free statement widely!