Athletes Risk Second ACL Injury After ACL Reconstruction

Opposite knee at high risk for injury, especially among females

Mary Ann Porucznik

The incidence of a second injury to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) within the first 12 months after ACL reconstruction and return to sport in a young, active population has been reported to be 15 times greater than a previously uninjured cohort. Mark V. Paterno, PhD, PT, SCS, ATC, and colleagues wanted to know whether that higher risk continued beyond the first year.

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