If any of you are Celtics fans, you probably heard the news that point guard Rajon Rondo tore his ACL in a loss to the Atlanta Hawks late last week. ACL injuries are so common and devastating in athletics, but why?
Earlier in the month I wrote about my friend Aimee and her ACL injury. Around the same time Aimee tore her ACL, a very athletic boy that is a year younger than me tore his ACL playing basketball. Now, two years later, he tore the ACL in his other knee. How does this traumatic injury happen twice to the same person?
I guess you could say that like most traumatic athletic injuries, tearing your ACL could be considered a “freak accident.” There are so many different kinds of movements in athletics, and the chances that you will be caught in a situation where you twist your knee in the just the right way to tear a ligament is very slim. The chances of it happening to you more than once? I think at that point it can’t be considered a terrible coincidence anymore. There must be something wrong with the physiology of that athlete, or the way he or she runs or eats. What is it?
Once you sprain your ankle, the saying is “it will never be the same,” and I’ve found that to be very true, from experience. But it is still manageable to play with… but an ACL.. people are really never the same. Why is it that we haven’t found a way for athletes to prevent this injury? It just doesn’t make sense.