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1 Anterior Cruciate Ligament
Common Sports Injuries Anterior Cruciate Ligament Melissa Rozman

2 HUMAN KNEE The knee is one of the largest and most complex joints in the body. The knee is essentially a hinged joint that is held together by the medial collateral, lateral collateral, anterior cruciate, and posterior cruciate ligaments. On either side of the joint, between the cartilage surfaces are the medial meniscus and lateral meniscus. They act as “shock absorbers.” The smaller bone that runs alongside the tibia and the kneecap (patella) are the other bones that make the knee joint.

3 WHAT IS THE ACL? The ACL is one of the 4 main ligaments within the knee that connect the femur to the tibia (MCL, LCL, ACL, PCL.) The ACL runs diagonally in the middle of the knee, preventing the tibia from sliding out in front of the femur, as well as providing rotational stability to the knee. The ACL is one of the most commonly injured ligaments of the knee. Approximately ACL reconstructions preformed a year. 50% of ACL injuries occur in combination with damage to the meniscus. ACL tears can be partial, (which doesn’t require surgery) or complete.

70% of ACL injuries occur through non-contact mechanisms such as pivoting, sharp cuts/turns, jumping and landing unevenly, or side stepping maneuvers. ACL injuries are have a higher risk with athletes who play basketball, football, volleyball and soccer. Several studies have shown that female athletes have a higher risk of this injury then males because of the differences in physical conditioning, and muscular strength.

5 DOCTOR EXAMINATION X-ray MRI Movement Tests Lachman's Test
Pivot Shift Test Your doctor will evaluate your knee injury based on questions about pain, swelling, and giving way. Also if you heard a painful "pop" or tear, or if your knee felt like it feel out of joint at the time of injury.

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8 PREVENTION When looking at ACL injury prevention athletes have to remember that each individual is different, what is good for one person may not be good for another. Athletes can reduce their risk of ACL injuries by performing training drills that require balance, power and agility. Adding exercises, such as jumping, and balance drills helps improve neuromuscular conditioning and muscular reactions and ultimately shows a decrease in the risk of ACL injury. You can also prevent ACL tears by warming up and stretching properly before and after any physical activity you are participating in. There are many ACL prevention programs you could be apart of to lower your risk.

9 PREVENTION EXCERSIES 1.Single leg sit to stand
2.Single or double leg ball hamstring curl 3.Resisted side stepping (elastic tubing around knees and/or feet) 4.Walking lunges with torso rotation (slowly) 4/11/2017

10 RECONSTRUCTION ACL tears are not usually repaired using suture to sew it back together because they have generally failed over time. There are four surgical treatments to repair ACL tears: -Patellar Tendon Autograft -Hamstring Tendon Autograft -Quadriceps Tendon Autograft -Allograft Tendon Autograft (taken from a cadaver)

Considered the “GOLD STANDARD” The middle third of the patellar tendon of the patient, along the kneecap. The rate of graft failure is the lowest out of all treatments (1.9%)

Hamstring tendon on the inner side of the knee. This creates a two- or four-strand tendon graft. There are fewer problems with anterior knee pain or kneecap pain after surgery.

The quadriceps tendon autograft is often used for patients who have already failed ACL reconstruction. The middle third of the patient's quadriceps tendon and a bone plug from the upper end of the knee cap are used.

Allografts are grafts taken from cadavers and are becoming increasingly popular. Allograft options include the patellar tendon and the Achilles tendon, which are available with bone blocks.

15 REHABILITATION A fully healed ACL tear takes anywhere from 9 months to a year to be healed. You should see a physiotherapist 10 days after your surgery and then once a week for 3-6 months. After approximately 6 months you should see your physiotherapist 2-3 times a week. Your physiotherapist with strengthen your quadriceps, hamstring, and calf muscles. The Fowler Kennedy Sports Medicine Clinic is one of the top sport rehabilitation centers in Canada.

Stretching or Range of Motion Exercises 1. Hamstring Stretches 2. Quadriceps Stretch Strengthening Exercises 1. Leg Extension Exercises and Straight Leg Raises 2. 1/4 Squats- Progressing from double leg to single leg 3. Step-ups- Forward and Lateral 4/11/2017

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