The Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL)
An athlete is often times someone without fear, someone who pushes their limits in order to crush the competition and beat previous performance. With such high demands on performance, we train, rest, train, rest, train, and during the season it’s hard, if not impossible, to recover fully. Learn how to prevent and treat an ACL injury.
With so much focus on performance we can push ourselves too far. Injuries are a well known part of the athletic life and at the top of the list is an ACL tear. It can take a huge toll, physically, mentally and on the career. The Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) is one of the most common knee injuries in professional, high demand sports, such as soccer, basketball & football. When an athlete has a tear, they might need complete surgery and months of rehabilitation in order to regain capacity. (1)
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The Anterior Cruciate Ligament, Why Does it Matter?
The ACL is one of the four most important ligaments in your knees which prevents the lower leg from sliding in a forward direction, and most importantly, is one of the major stabilizers of the knee joint. The ACL prevents the leg from shifting from one side to the other when you’re quickly changing directions. (2)
Before we get into further details, there are three bones connected to your knee joint, keeping everything in place. Those are your Kneecaps (Patella), Shinbones (Tibia) and your thigh bones (Femur). With those 3 bones, are 4 main ligaments, which provide stability to the knee, the ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament), PCL (Posterior Cruciate Ligament), MCL (Medial Collateral Ligament) & LCL (Lateral Collateral Ligament) are the main structures that creates an elastic band of tissue that provides strength to the joint
Best Ways to Prevent an ACL Injury
There’s no secret for fully preventing an ACL injury, if you’re pushing your body to the limits, you have a greater chance of ending up with a tear or a sprain.
On that note, read carefully as here are some tips for you to be more aware of your ACL and it’s function so you can do everything possible to reinforce the area and be aware of it while training and playing.