A diagnosis that football players fear and don’t want to hear: ACL injury.
In football, cutting motions and sharp pivots can put a great amount of force on the knee. As a result, the positioning of the ACL makes it responsible for maintaining the integrity of the knee against that force. Injuries typically happen when a player plants his or her foot on the ground while rotating their body. The ACL absorbs the twisting force across the knee joint and when it can’t handle it anymore, it ruptures.
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