Anterior Crucite Ligament Essay
The volleyball match has been going on for over an hour. Both teams have been trading points and side-outs. The ball is set high outside so that the big outside hitter can put the ball away. He comes in hard, plants, leaps and smashes the ball down the line in twisting motion. As he lands on his right foot, a "POP" is heard and down he goes. What has just happened is occurring more and more often in athletics, the athlete has just torn the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). In this paper I will describe ACL, how it is injured and diagnosed, how it is repaired and what is being done to prevent ACL injuries.
The Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) is one of two cruciate ligaments of the knee, the other …show more content…
Lechman's test is performed by having the athlete lay on his/her back, then passively flexing the knee of the athlete to between 20 degrees and 30 degrees. The hamstring has to be relaxed or it can produce false test result. Holding the lower part of the athlete's thigh in one hand and the upper part of the calf in the other, then slowly pulling the tibia forward. Increased looseness in the knee joint is indicative of an ACL injury. During the Anterior drawer test the athlete lies on his/her back with the knee bent to 90 degrees and the foot resting on the table. Stabilizing the foot by either sitting on it or having someone else hold it down, the examiner will place his /her hands around the upper part of the calf with thumbs on the