Uncommon Causes of ACL Tears

Holly B. is an active professional in her late twenties who spends her free time playing recreational flag football and league basketball. She shares her experience with us as she explores the world of sports.

After my ACL tear I’ve heard lots of interesting stories from people about how they tore their ACL.  I think most people know that ACL tears are common during sports, especially ones that involve running such as basketball and football.  But sports with running aren’t the only causes of ACL tears.  Check out these other strange ways that I’ve heard of recently:

Rock Climbing – One of my father’s friends tore his ACL during indoor rock climbing.  He apparently slipped off one of the climbing nodes and may have just pivoted his leg incorrectly, moving his knee past its natural range of motion. He had to have ACL reconstruction surgery!

Skydiving – One of my close friends is a skydiving instructor.  Skydiving is actually a very safe activity, but the landing can take a toll on the knees.  The impact when landing can cause ACL injuries, as well as other long term injuries to the knee.  That’s why it’s important to land correctly and to strengthen the muscles around the knee to minimize impact.

During a Sudden Stop – Have you ever been rushing to get somewhere, then suddenly stopped because you realized you forgot something?  Sometimes if the factors are just right, even this can cause ACL tears.  It’s the same sort of motion that makes basketball players so susceptible to ligament injuries – changes in speed and direction especially for knees with weaker surrounding muscles may cause injury to ligaments.

River Rafting – This is the strangest story I’ve ever heard regarding ACL injuries.  My coworker’s wife tore her ACL while rafting (it wasn’t even whitewater rafting!) because another lady in their raft fell onto her knee.  The weight of the other woman on the knee caused his wife’s ACL to tear, along with her meniscus.

As you can see, ACL injuries can occur just about anywhere.  However, it’s important to keep doing the things we love… even if it means a little extra protection.  If you’re looking for knee brace protection, check out ACL knee braces today!

ACL Injuries More Common Than We Think

Holly B. is an active professional in her late twenties who spends her free time playing recreational flag football and league basketball. She shares her experience with us as she explores the world of sports.

I’ve been aware of ACL injuries for a long time, especially after playing high school basketball. Even though several of the girls on my team were taken out of the game for an entire season, I never experienced an ACL injury myself. I guess I thought ACL injuries happened to “weaker” people or individuals with bad bones. Little did I know that it has very little to do with that, and that 10 years in the future that I would experience my own ACL tear.

It’s taken a lot to help me realize how common ACL injuries are. Just a few months before I got hurt, one of the girls on my flag football team went down during practice. She simply took a sharp turn and tore her ACL from the movement. No contact with anyone. When I tore mine, I had a whole long list of “mentors” – ladies who had previously hurt their ACLs and gone through surgery. Wow! I had no idea so many people got hurt. I thought flag football was a low-injury sport.

Those aren’t the only cases of ACL tears I’ve heard of recently. Just last week I went to the eye doctor for a checkup. As it turns out, my optometrist had an ACL injury around the time that I did, and during the same sport – flag football.  For some reason that really stuck with me… and now I truly understand how common ACL tears are.

Knee Instability After ACL Surgery

Holly B. is an active professional in her late twenties who spends her free time playing recreational flag football and league basketball. She shares her experience with us as she explores the world of sports.

Last year I tore my ACL while playing flag football. It’s been just over 7 months since my ACL reconstruction surgery, which has mostly gone pretty well. My leg feels fairly strong and I can even run, though I haven’t participated in any sports yet.

However, not all of my recovery was this smooth. Especially the previous few months… where my leg felt strong but in reality it wasn’t. I could see the difference between the quad muscle in my left leg, which was much thinner, and that of my right leg, which was strong and well-built. I think the worst of it were the moments of instability which would catch me off guard – when turning to pick up something that I dropped, stepping into an unexpected hole in the ground, walking down the stairs, and at other unusual times.

That’s why I’m glad they make braces for ACL tears and knee instability. Here are a few of the best ACL knee braces available:

All these are great knee braces to help improve knee stability while healing from an ACL injury. And they’re great for helping prevent ACL tears too!