ACL Tear. The diagnosis every athlete fears and no athlete ever wants to hear. ACL stands for Anterior Cruciate Ligament and it is one of the major ligaments responsible for providing stability to the knee. It connects the thigh bone to the calf bone, and prevents the lower bone from shifting forward.
Injuries… the biggest fear any competitive athlete has to accept when stepping onto the playing field. Playing a sport takes a major toll on the body, making injuries almost inevitable. Some injuries are more common than others, depending on the sport. In the high intensity game of soccer, tearing an ACL is one of the most common and serious injuries, impacting all levels of play.
One wrong step or twist of the knee could leave you on the sidelines for a year.
Athletes today are bigger, stronger and faster, yet Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injuries continue to rise. In fact, there are more reconstructive surgeries performed for ACL injuries than any other knee ligament injury, according to the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine .