Anterior cruciate ligament tears (ACL) occur in tens of thousands of athletes every year. ACL injuries most commonly occur in sports such as soccer, football, basketball and lacrosse. This type of injury can happen when an athlete is making quick cutting movements, decelerating or jumping. Women are four to six times more likely to tear their ACL, and current research suggests that one in four athletes who have had an ACL injury may sustain a second injury.
ACL injuries can result in:
- A higher risk to develop early osteoarthritis
- Inability to return to your sport at the same level of competition
- Loss of playing time and possible loss of scholarship
- Muscle weakness and significant loss of function
Who is at risk
You may be at risk for an ACL injury if you are an athlete who:
- Demonstrates faulty jumping biomechanics
- Is female (four to six times greater risk of ACL injury compared to males)
- Participates in running and cutting sports, including soccer, basketball, volleyball, football or lacrosse
- Previously had a general knee or ACL injury
Some risk factors for ACL injury cannot be changed. These include structural and hormonal factors such as wider-set hips, long thighbones and shinbones, and general laxity or “looseness” of ligaments that keep joints stable.
Modifiable risk factors, such as poor neuromuscular control, can be addressed with proper training through our program.
For more information on ACL Screening & Injury prevention program contact Jeff DeReps at 916-677-1210
Aubrey Tennant, DPT
Experience & Credentials
- Doctorate of Physical Therapy from UCSF
- Master’s from Fresno State
- Diagnosis and treatment of Shoulder Complex
- Diagnosis and treatment of Lumbar Spine and Pelvis
- Treatment of Total Joint Replacements
- Therapeutic Taping Techniques
- Spending time with family and friends (and my dog)