The Depths Of An Anterior Cruciate Ligament

2389 WordsDec 10, 201410 Pages
Imagine an athlete at the top of their game coming to a sudden halt because of a life-altering injury, tearing their Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL). This happens to athletes everywhere because of lack of awareness and lack of prevention. To a non-athlete, this injury might not sound life-altering, but when an athlete hears that they have torn their ACL, they know that there will be a hard journey in front of them. Until an athlete endures the hardships of recovering from this injury, they do not understand the intricacies and the pains that an athlete endures when facing this game-changing injury. Not all athletes can avoid an ACL injury by preventative strengthening exercises, so they must endure a long process of recovery in order to return to sports. To understand the depths of an Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injury, one must grasp the mechanics of how each ligament contributes to the knee’s function. In order for the knee to do activities such as pivoting, jumping and running, each ligament needs to take care of each of their roles. Not only do these ligaments stabilize the knee, but they also connect the femur and tibia to each other. One of the ligaments is the Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) which “runs along” the inside of the knee to prevent the knee from bending outward (Vorvick). Another ligament is the Lateral Collateral Ligament (LCL), which runs along the outside of the knee and does the exact opposite of the MCL: prevents the knee from bending
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