The Nastiest Injury in Sports- Why are ACL tears on the rise?

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The Nastiest Injury in Sports- Why are ACL tears on the rise? Tuesday, December 10, 2013 11:15 PM (permalink)

To be honest, it doesn't look like much. It's short, just over an inch in length, and stubby, about half an inch wide. It is white, slick, and striated like a cluster of angel-hair pasta. It isn't rubbery, and it doesn't have much elasticity. In fact, you wouldn't give it a second thought — not until it self-destructed, which it occasionally does, always at the most inopportune of times. And then you wouldn't think about much else but that gremlin that now sits at the center of so many of our games.

...Where the number of tears seems to hit epidemic proportions is in the NFL. Professional football doesn't release ACL figures, either, but Kevin Seifert of discovered that as of October 23, 30 players had been placed on injured reserve because of ACL tears — topping the 25 for all of 2011 and edging close to the 32 for all of 2012. As early as this year's NFL training camps, ACLs were snapping all over the place.
Phil Callihan    Editor-in-Chief   UMGoBlue.COM
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