ACL tears are some of the most common knee injuries athletes and active people suffer. It is a devastating injury, as it often means surgery, months out of sports and exercise, and a long rehab process.
The anterior cruciate ligament serves to stabilize the knee. If you tear your ACL, you could have an unstable knee that gives way when you land from a jump or plant your foot to change directions. That is one of the main reasons athletes undergo surgery. With an unstable knee, they cannot perform the motions they need to do to be able to play.
In this video, I explain the common mechanisms of injury. How do you tear your ACL? What is the process for evaluating the injury to find out that you did tear your ACL? I know this injury is scary, but I can help you understand it a little bit better.
Have you suffered a bad knee injury and worry you tore your ACL? I would love to hear about it below!
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