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Saturday, November 17

The Skinny on the ACL

A torn ACL is not a typical running injury – but after seeing this injury happen to one of my favorite QBs, I think a closer look might be worthwhile. (And help the grieving process…)
The Anterior Cruciate Ligament is one very important component of the knee.

It keeps the knee steady and prevents overextension (OUCH!) The knee is not a socket joint, but a hinge joint. In the diagram you can see the end of the femur just rests on top of the tibia. (Like on stilts.) There is no socket to hold the femur in place. Ligaments must do that job.
The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) provides almost 90% of the stability to the knee joint. - ehealthMD
So you can see why a tear or a total detachment is a serious injury. Your knee is no longer stable. And unfortunately it won’t heal on its own. Reconstructive surgery must be done to reattach the ligament to the bone. Rehab up to 6 months!
Ligaments are dense structures of connective tissue that fasten bone to bone. –ehealthMD
So as you head down the road today remember just how truly miraculous your knee joints are!
Cross training and the knee


Best of luck Dennis.
We won’t forget you!