Sam Bradford’s Torn ACL Highlights Knee Dangers in Football

VALLEY STREAM, NY – St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford will be out this season with a torn ACL, which is becoming a more common injury in football, a New York orthopedic surgeon says.

The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is a major stabilizing ligament in the knee that helps with twisting and pivoting movements, says Randy Cohn, MD, orthopedic surgeon at Franklin Hospital in Valley Stream. This injury can be caused by either a contact or non-contact injury.

“We’ve done a lot to make people aware of concussion and their effects, but perhaps a side effect of that is that people are tackling lower and putting the knees at risk,” Dr. Cohn says.

Running backs and wide receivers are typically at higher risk of tearing their ACL than quarterbacks, Dr. Cohn says. There is no evidence that wearing a knee brace will prevent or limit an ACL tear, Dr. Cohn says, although braces have been shown to prevent medial collateral ligament (MCL) tears for linemen and tight ends. To prevent an ACL tear, people need to be in good shape and strengthen the muscles around the knee.

“Children playing football need to stay in game shape, keep their muscles strong and learn the proper technique through good training and coaching.”

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