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Stats and Facts about ACL Injuries

The Eagles have just confirmed Nic Nat has a rupture of the other ACL after his innocuous landing from a jump on the weekend. Image source: abc.net.au

Stats about how ACL injuries can change your sporting life:

Facts about ACL injuries:

1
70% of ACL injuries are non-contact in nature. WHY?

A knee is vulnerable at 30° bending, inward collapse, at speed;

  • Changing direction running at high speed
  • Regaining balance after kicking
  • Landing after a jump
2
Who needs an operation?

If you want to return to a sport that requires pivoting (see our Blog article on ACL Rupture and whether you need to have an operation)

3
A “quiet” knee is the best knee to operate on
  • Minimal swelling, heat, inflammation
  • Bending > 110°
  • Lock out into complete straightening (unless there is a meniscal tear)
4
The tendon graft is weakest at 3 months
  • Rehab has specific exercises for specific times
  • If you overdo it, the graft will stretch, then it will ultimately fail when you return to your sport
5
Rehab takes at least 12 months;
  • Quieting the knee for surgery
  • Reducing surgery inflammation
  • Muscle weights for strength and movement control
  • Running and agility exercises
  • Returning to sport
  • Preventing re injury with exercises to re enforce knee strength

So what is being done to help reduce the incidence of ACL injuries?

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