Anterior Cruciate Ligament Analysis

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The story is all too common, a young athlete with lots of promise, and then it all come crashing down. The culprit? A torn ACL. ACL stands for Anterior Cruciate Ligament (McDaniel). “The ACL is one of the four major ligaments that works to stabilize and support the knee. The ACL is “behind the patella and connects the Femur to the tibia,” (McDaniel). It prevents the tibia from moving too far forward on the femur and it limits the rotational movement of the knee,”(“Why do Females”). Basically the ACL is a stabilizer of the knee (McDaniel). An ACL injury happens when the ligament has been overstretched or when when it is torn. The risk of tearing a ACL as a teen is extremely high especially for girls. The common age for girls to tear their ACL…show more content…
Another way to put it, is Mechanics of Movement. Although ACL tears in women’s sports happen more likely in contact sports (soccer and basketball) seventy percent of all ACL injuries are from non contact. Non contact ACL injuries happen because of the pressure applied to the knee due to the movement that the athletes made (Olmstead). The movement that cause ACL injuries are pivoting, jumping, landing, and sudden change of direction. Sports such as soccer and basketball that include those movements are the highest at risk for ACL injuries (“Why do Females…show more content…
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