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As ACL Tears Pile Up Doctors and Coaches Worry That Kids Are Playing Too Much Basketball

Long before high school basketball star Anthony Harris tore his ACL in December, his father was doing his best to prevent his son from suffering the serious knee injury. Anthony Harris Sr. visited multiple doctors and trainers and asked what workouts were best for strengthening the knee. He had them run tests to see how vulnerable his son — a senior at Paul VI Catholic High in Fairfax City, Va., who is signed to play at the University of North Carolina next season — was to getting hurt. He built rest time into his training schedule.