ACL - Anterior Cruciate Ligament

The second of the Anamo App range will focus specifically on ACL - Anterior Cruciate Ligament.

The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is the most commonly injured ligament of the knee. ACL injury has an annual incidence of more than 200,000 cases with ~100,000 of these knees reconstructed annually. The majority of ACL injuries (~70%) occur while playing agility sports, and the most often reported sports are basketball, soccer, skiing, and football.

The ACL can be torn when the lower leg extends forward too much. If the knee is straightened more than 10 degrees beyond its normal straight position, this can cause the ACL to tear. The ligament can also be torn when the knee and lower leg are twisted. 

If the ACL is torn, surgery is commonly used to reconstruct the damaged ligament.

Some of the more common causes of an ACL injury include:

  • landing incorrectly from a jump,
  • suddenly stopping,
  • suddenly changing direction, or
  • having a collision, such as during a football tackle.

This App is currently in development and is due for release mid 2017.