At one time, it seemed that the majority of injuries or tears to the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) happened to professional athletes. In recent studies, however, it is estimated that there are nearly 200,000 ACL-related injuries annually in the United States (1). Unfortunately, females (particularly athletes) are up to 9.7 times more likely to have ACL injuries than males. The increased rate of ACL injuries in central New York athletes was so dramatic by 2007 that Syracuse-area orthopedic surgeons held a meeting with all New York State Division III High School Athletic Directors to address the need for ACL injury prevention programs for the spring of 2008.
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