Soccer Knees

One by one, sensors are carefully placed on Kelton McFadden.

"We're doing both legs." it's a strategy from head ... there's plenty more to do to toe. ok, good. It looks technical, and it is.

Kelton McFadden, Athlete: "Not what you'd usually wear." in this room at b-s-u is a biomechanics lab. Computers, infrared cameras and a launching pad."

"Literally, just take a little dip, hop off it, and land." With each jump that kelton makes onto this plate, her exact image and movements are recorded and seen on these computers.

Michelle Sabick, Biomechanic Researcher: "As it's shown right here, it's the reaction force as she hits the ground." researchers can then determine if how she lands is putting extra stress on her knee.

"Since that's where the ACL is, that gives us an indication of whether the ACL is getting a lot of stress." Kelton, like so many other kids her age is an athlete. She plays soccer and is told of the dangers of A-C-L injuries. In fact, doctors say women are much more susceptible to a-c-l injuries than men.

Kevin Shea, MD, Orthopedist: "There's been a lot of research in the last eight, maybe ten years, trying to understand that. Especially in the last five years. Our lab is focused on trying to find out why women tear their acl's." kevin shea is a doctor at intermountain orthopedics. His practice sponsors this lab. Research here will help students and professionals understand sports injuries better and then find ways to prevent them.

"There's a venture between a medical group and a university. Neither of which are a medical school affiliate. They're working on this together."

As this joint effort continues, researchers will evaluate many other athletes at the lab.

Kelton says participating helps her get a jump ahead on understanding how to stay safe on the field.