Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injuries
What Increases Your Risk
Things that increase your
anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries
sports that involve sudden changes in direction or
cutting around other players or obstacles, such as skiing, football, soccer,
basketball, baseball, and tennis.
- Making accidental movements that
may twist your knee. Examples include falling off a ladder, jumping from an extreme
height, stepping into a hole, or missing a step on a
- Losing muscle tone in legs (from aging or
- Having unbalanced leg muscle strength, such as if the
muscles in the front of your thigh (quadriceps) are stronger than the muscles
at the back of your thigh (hamstrings).
- Previous ACL injuries,
especially if your knee sometimes gives out or buckles (chronic ACL deficiency).
Women have more ACL injuries than men. In sports, women
injure their ACL up to 8 times as often as men.1, 2
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
April 04, 2011
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