- People who play sports where there is a lot of changing directions, pivoting and jumping are at a higher risk of ACL injuries.1
- Females have a 2-8 times higher chance of injuring their ACL’s. With most ACL injuries occurring between the ages of 15 and 45.1
In what sports do the most ACL injuries happen?
- Studies constantly list basketball and soccer as sports that cause ACL injuries.1,
- However, it is possible to injure the ACL in other sports that require a lot of pivoting, cutting (changing directions quickly), jumping and contact sports.1
- Female athletes tend to be more at risk of ACL injuries.1
- Using data from the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) Injury Surveillance System (ISS) 5000 ACL injuries were recorded from 1988 to 2004.
- Based on this data sports are ranked below based on number of ACL injuries.
- On the left side of this table the number of ACL injuries that occurred as a percentage compared to all other injuries in a sport.
- On the right of this table the number of ACL injuries that were recorded per 1000 games and practices (also called exposures).
|ACL injuries as a percentage compared to all injuries3||Injury rate per 1000 exposures3|
|1. Women’s basketball (tied)||1. Men’s spring football (tied)|
|1. Women’s gymnastics (tied)||1. Women’s gymnastics (tied)|
|2. Women’s Lacrosse||2. Women’s soccer|
|3. Women’s soccer||3. Women’s basketball|
|4. Men’s spring football||4. Men’s football|
|5. Men’s football||5. Men’s football|
|6. Women’s softball||6. Men’s wrestling|
|7. Women’s volleyball||7. Men’s wrestling|
|8. Women’s field hockey||8. Men’s soccer|
|9. Men's wrestling||9. Women's volleyball|
|10. Men's basketball||10. Women's softball|
|11. Men's soccer||11. Women's field hockey|
|12. Men's ice hockey||12. Men's basketball|
|13. Women's ice hockey||13. Men's ice hockey|
|14. Men's baseball||14. Women's ice hockey|