What is an ACL and how is it injured?

  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) is one of the four ligaments in the knee joint
  • The ACL runs diagonally inside the knee like a rope to make the joint stable.
  • The ACL keeps the knee stable when changing directions quickly or when landing from a jump1

How is the ligament injured?

  • Changing direction with the knee caving in
  • Planting and twisting with your foot planted
  • Stopping suddenly on a straight knee
  • Landing from a jump with the knees caving in
  • Being hit on the knee from the front or the side

Young female athletes are more likely to tear their ACL compared to male athletes2
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Prateek Gupta

Prateek is currently a candidate for the Master of Physical Therapy from McGill University. He is excited to disseminate evidence-based information on rehabilitation and healthcare with Curovate.

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