ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) Injury

Also known as: ACL

What is an ACL Injury?

The anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL, is a major ligament located in the knee. If the ACL becomes damaged in some way, this is known as an ACL injury. This injury can range widely in severity from a minor sprain to a major tear that makes it difficult to walk afterward.

What causes ACL injury?

ACL injuries commonly occur in athletes. Actions such as quickly changing direction, pivoting with the foot planted, landing wrong from a jump or a blow to the knee are all common causes of ACL injuries.

What are the symptoms of ACL injury?

Pain, swelling, loss of motion or a feeling of instability in the knee are all common symptoms of an ACL injury.

What are ACL injury care options?

Minor ACL injuries often heal with time with rest, ice, compression and elevation (RICE). Surgery may be required to reconstruct a more severe ACL injury. In most cases, rehabilitation and physical therapy is also needed to help a patient heal after an ACL injury.


Reviewed by: Craig J Spurdle, MD

This page was last updated on: 8/7/2018 9:06:24 AM


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2nd Annual Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Sports Health Symposium

Longevity in Sports Performance, Considerations from Elementary to Post Professional

This course will give the athletic trainer and physical therapist an overview of athletic development models and orthopedic/rehabilitative management of several conditions that influence athletic performance.

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ACL Injury Prevention Training Group Class

A training program designed to correct biomechanical risk factors of an ACL injury, focused on improving strength, power, and agility and led by Sports Health Performance Specialists. Program consists of 4-10 participants and offered once or twice a week, over 6 weeks.  Learn more.

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Shoulder & Elbow Maintenance Program

This training program is designed to help maintain shoulder and elbow strength, endurance, and flexibility to withstand the rigors of a lengthy season and optimize sports performance, led by Sports Health Performance Specialists. Program consists of 4-10 participants and is offered once or twice a week, over 6 weeks.  Learn more.

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Dance Injury Prevention Group Class

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Off-Season Sports Conditioning Group Class

This program is designed to prepare athletes for their individual sports season to ensure optimize sports performance and prevent injury. Athletes will focus a periodization of 3 weeks strength and endurance phase, followed by a 3 week power phase led by Sports Health Performance Specialists. Program consists of 4-10 participants and is offered once or twice a week, over 6 weeks.  Learn more.

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Running Injury Prevention Group Class

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