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December 11, 2019

BehindTheMedspeak: Why ACL injuries happen so frequently

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Not a day goes by that I don't read where some high school or college lacrosse or soccer player (usually female) has torn their ACL.

Many of these injuries are the second (or even third) of this type for the athletes.

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Then there are the college and pro football players who incur this potentially career-ending injury.

Why does it happen so often now compared to back in the day?

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My theory: weight training and improved fitness have resulted in a significant increase in the forces passing through the knee joint.

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The weakest link is the ACL: ligaments can't be strengthened by training, and so the pumped-up quads and hamstrings pulling the knee back and forth ultimately change the natural alignment of the ACL, buried deeply within the knee joint, and rupture ensues.

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My solution: cut back on weight and resistance training to restore more natural balance across the knee.

December 11, 2019 at 02:01 PM | Permalink


I tore an ACL falling off a bike. My front tire bumped the bike in front and down I went. I probably made it worse when I got back on and biked some more to get to a place where I can get picked up. So the rule is if you get up and your knee is unstable, STOP.

Posted by: Bubbub | Dec 12, 2019 1:01:43 PM

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