A to Z: Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injuriesenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-khAZDictionary-enHD-AR1.jpgLearn more about ACL injuries and how they're treated.acl, tear, torn, ligaments, knee, joint, pain, weak, wobbly, swollen, swelling, support, patella, tibia, femur, surgery, sports injuries, knee injury, knee injuries, nee injuries, torn knee, knee injury in preschoolers, knee injury in gradeschoolers, knee injury in teens, knee injury in kids, knees, knee injurys, knee injurys, cruciate, acl, mcl, torn, torn muscle, ligaments, sports injuries, torn ligaments, torn knee, accidents, a to z, glossary, dictionary, definitions, emergency, emergencies10/26/201203/18/201909/02/201956076e8a-fb9a-4add-8aed-4045b9e7e7c5https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-acl.html/<p><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/dictionary/"><img class="right" title="Parents image" src="https://kidshealth.org/EN/images/buttons/P-atoZDictionary-enBT.jpg" alt="A to Z Dictionary 500 Go" name="5093-P_ATOZDICTIONARY2_ENBT.JPG" /></a></p> <p><strong>May also be called: ACL Injury; ACL Tear</strong></p> <p>An <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/acl-injuries.html/">ACL injury</a> is a tear in one of the ligaments in the knee.</p> <h3>More to Know</h3> <p>The ACL, one of the main ligaments in the knee <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/bones-muscles-joints.html/">joint</a>, is located behind the kneecap. It keeps the shinbone in place and prevents it from moving too far forward, away from the knee and thighbone. The ACL also keeps the knee stable when rotating.</p> <p>ACL injuries can be painful and lead someone to feel wobbly and have trouble walking. Kids and teens with suspected ACL injuries should stop all activity, keep the area iced and elevated, and see a doctor as soon as possible.</p> <p>ACL injuries are usually <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/sports-safety.html/">sports</a> related. Sports like soccer, baseball, or basketball that feature swift, abrupt movements are most likely to lead to ACL tears. The ACL also can tear when someone&nbsp;jumps or lands with the knees straight or "locked" instead of flexed or slightly bent.</p> <p><img title="torn ACL illustration" src="https://kidshealth.org/EN/images/illustrations/aclTear-415x233-rd6-enIL.png" alt="torn ACL illustration" name="3553-ACLTEAR_415X233_RD5_ENIL.PNG" /></p> <h3>Keep in Mind</h3> <p>Girls are 8 to 10 times more likely to tear an ACL than boys are. The ACL won't heal on its own, but how doctors treat an injury depends on how severe it is and the child's age.&nbsp;</p> <p>Following proper playing techniques, wearing protective equipment, doing strength training to keep surrounding muscles strong, and warming up with dynamic stretching are key to protecting against injury.</p> <p><em>All A to Z dictionary entries are regularly reviewed by KidsHealth medical experts.</em></p>
Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) TearsACL injuries can happen in active and athletic kids when excessive pressure is put on the knee joint, resulting in a torn ligament.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/acl-injuries.html/96e28772-3895-4983-8b79-95f1e89b4bac
Bones, Muscles, and JointsWithout bones, muscles, and joints, we couldn't stand, walk, run, or even sit. The musculoskeletal system supports our bodies, protects our organs from injury, and enables movement.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/bones-muscles-joints.html/53199934-b6d8-4854-8362-8b1dfc45c3f6
Dealing With Sports InjuriesYou practiced hard and made sure you wore protective gear, but you still got hurt. Read this article to find out how to take care of sports injuries - and how to avoid getting them.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/sports-injuries.html/e49f63c7-6ae0-446e-a953-4b458a82eaeb
Jumper's KneeJumper's knee is an overuse injury that happens when frequent jumping, running, and changing direction damages the patellar tendon.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/jumpers-knee.html/16b92a66-48a6-4473-ba2e-87bbe0566229
Knee InjuriesHealthy knees are needed for many activities and sports and getting hurt can mean some time sitting on the sidelines.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/knee-injuries.html/0e348562-5958-4a91-96ad-c8affb5fff4f
Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) InjuriesMCL injuries happen when excessive pressure is put on the knee joint, causing a torn ligament.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/mcl-injuries.html/644d3430-58bf-4fa4-a27d-a379712896fe
Preventing Children's Sports InjuriesParticipation in sports can teach kids sportsmanship and discipline. But sports also carry the potential for injury. Here's how to protect your kids.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/sports-safety.html/bec4e82b-c8b0-4945-9611-7c9464e177f8
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