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Should Patients Retire from Sports after Tearing Their ACL?

Should patients retire from sports after tearing their ACL? Lifestyle modification is a complex matter, and the best course of action is rarely crystal clear. The issue gets us thinking about the goals of healthcare in general, even considering deeper philosophical questions with which we’ve all grappled. Is the body to be preserved for its own sake or used to greatest effect? Is it an end or a means? Eat the cheeseburger and fries; life is short! But do the cheeseburger and fries have the potential...

What Sports Are High Risk for ACL Injury?

Certain sports are more dangerous than others when it comes to the possibility of hurting your ACL. There is some data available to support the following list of dangerous sports for the ACL, but it is more of a general guide than a definitive rule. Risk is also related to the intensity and frequency of play and practices. HIGH RISK: most common sports for ACL injury basketball ...

Is Surgery Necessary after a Torn ACL?

For patients who have recently torn their ACL, the answer is “yes” if you plan to return to aggressive cutting and pivoting sports, such as soccer, basketball, or lacrosse. If you don’t, but you are under twenty years of age, it is my opinion that people this age are active for so many years that they are very likely to develop instability, and you will probably be more satisfied following an ACL reconstruction. The same applies to people in their early twenties. As we get older,...

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