Essay On ACL Injury

2145 Words 9 Pages
Joe Ferrici
3/21/15
Med Aspects
Springer
ACL Research In the world of sports today, there is a wide variety of pressures that athletes have to face. Athletes have to deal with the pressure of coaches, family, playing well, and getting scouted to name a few; being injured is not looked past either. Injuries during physical activity are inevitable, especially in today’s world where athletes are getting extremely more athletic and active. Social media is constantly releasing stories of these excruciating injuries athletes continue to have. Among the injuries that have stayed most consistent and relevant over time has been the ACL injury. Approximately 70% of ACL injuries occur while playing some type of agility sport that requires not only straight forward movement. (Burcum) These
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ACL injuries are of the most intriguing sports injuries today due to their causes, recovery path, prevention methods, and how the injury has progressed in technology. The ACL is the center of much responsibility when it comes to the knee. The ACL runs across the knee joint, and keeps the shin from sliding forward, and provides stability when performing rotational movements. It is one of the many ligaments that holds the knee joint in place, and keeps the knee from buckling. “About two-thirds of injuries happen during movements like twisting, pivoting, or moving sideways, while the rest are caused by direct contact with an object or another person.” (Humphries) There is a wide variety of why the ACL tears. Some ACL tears that have occurred in the past have included things like a narrow femoral notch, which is the space between the two femoral condyles. This would likely develop into a non-contact injury, because due to the narrow notch, the ACL would be getting pinched and stressed. However, one of the biggest trends that have been noted were that women are much more likely to injure an ACL than a man. A study at WestPoint Military Academy was conducted

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