Preventative physical therapy aims to decrease the risk of an ACL injury, which affects approximately 250,000 people in the US each year, according to the CDC.
The ACL, or anterior cruciate ligament, is a knee ligament that attaches from the back of the femur (thigh) to the front of the tibia (lower leg) to prevent movement of the tibia on the femur.
The ACL is injured when the force to the knee exceeds the ability of the ligament to stabilize it. While an injury can occur from a traumatic event, such as a direct hit to the knee, it is more commonly injured through non-contact movements, like hyperextension, an abrupt change in direction, twisting, or a combination of these motions.
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