One of the most common knee injuries among athletes is a torn ACL. The anterior cruciate ligament is one of four major ligaments that provide stability to the knee joint. The fibrous bands attach bone to bone and help to limit excessive movement of the knee joint, preventing hyperextension.
ACL injuries tend to be common in sports that involve a sudden change in direction, such as soccer, football, and basketball. A sudden twisting motion, like when an athlete’s foot is planted in one direction and their knee turns the other direction, is a common cause of an ACL tear.
The majority of ACL reconstructions and/or repairs that occur each year are performed on athletes under the age of 25. To help circumvent this issue, we have several suggestions to keep athletes on the field this fall by reducing their risk of ACL injuries: