The Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) – Facts and figures

Michael Owen, Ruud Van Nistlerooy, Roy Keane, Alesandro Del Piero, Robert Pires and Nemanja Vidic have all had ACL reconstructive surgery.

There are approximately 300,000 ACL injuries per year.

The average wage in the Premier League is £30,000, resulting in at least £1.35 million in lost wages for every ACL injury a club suffers from the cost of top players considerably higher!

Robert Baggio returned to play 90 days after an ACL reconstruction in time for the 2002 world cup.

Theo Walcott and Falcao have both missed the 2014 World Cup due to ACL injury potentially costing Arsenal at least £4.5 million in lost wages and Monaco a whopping £7 million.

Rehabilitation should be progressed based on biomechanical testing not on time since surgery.

Silk, silver wire, polyester and carbon fire have all been used as replacement ACL’s as the surgery has developed but grafts are taken from the patellar and hamstring tendons are now almost universally used.

The ACL provides almost 90% of the rational stability to the knee.

Re-injury rate is anywhere between 6 and 12%

SSC uses innovative 3D biomechanics to track return to play post ACL reconstruction surgery

70% of ACL injuries are non-contact injuries – i.e during landing, cutting or pivoting

The tackle is the most common mechanism or rupturing the ACL in the UEFA Champions League with the defender carrying out the tackle on the victim!

Female athletes can be up to 8 times more likely to rupture their ACL than their male counterparts.

There were over 110 ACL tears in the NFL in the last two years where the average weekly wage is $36,000 with an ACL injury costing $1.6 million in lost wages per player

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