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An anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL, injury is recognized as the single most common knee injury frequently seen in athletes, although an anterior cruciate ligament sprain or tear could furthermore be the outcome of everyday activities as well. High impact sports, such as football, soccer, and basketball, where accelerated pivoting and turning are more constant, can often result in injury to the ligaments of the knee.

Anterior Cruciate Ligament Anatomy

There are four primary ligaments found in the knee. The medial collateral ligament and the lateral collateral ligament, which are located on the sides of the knee, function by controlling the sideways motion and bracing the knee against unusual movements. The posterior cruciate ligament and the anterior cruciate ligament, which are located inside, on the anterior and posterior knee joint, function by controlling the back-and-forth motion and supporting the knee while rotating.

An ACL injury can result in numerous ways but the greater number are non-contact related injuries. Landing incorrectly from a jump or an abrupt stop during running are distinct causes for a ligament sprain or tear. Rapidly changing direction may also result in injury. Occasionally, collision or direct contact, as in a football tackle, can also cause an anterior cruciate ligament injury. Various studies have shown that female athletes are highly diagnosed with an ACL injury than male athletes in different sports. It’s believed that this is due to physical condition variations including a contrast in muscle strength or due to the differed pelvis and lower extremity alignment, among others.

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