Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injuries
What Increases Your Risk
Things that increase your risk of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries include:
- Playing 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 staircase.
- Losing muscle tone in legs (from aging or inactivity).
- 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.1
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
November 14, 2014
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