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My ACL Tear and Recovery

How to Prevent an ACL Tear

Maybe I’m just far more cognizant of it than I used to be, but: it seems like everyone is tearing their ACLs these days.

  • Tiger Woods.
  • Tom Brady.
  • That football coach that got run over on the sidelines recently.
  • This dude on my ultimate frisbee team.
  • Dan Connor from the Carolina Panthers.
  • Nate Burleson of the Seattle Seahawks.

What is going on?

It got me thinking: is it possible to prevent ACL tears? According to a litany of articles on the Internet, it is. But how?

  • According to a source in this article at First Tracks Online Ski Magazine, focusing on strength and flexibility will help prevent ACL injuries.
  • About.com suggests focusing on balance, power and agility will prevent ACL tears. In fact, they reference an entire ACL Injury Prevention Program. Cool.
  • FitFAQ.com has the top six exercies to prevent ACL injuries.
  • This article at USA today describes how to reduce the likelihood of an injury by 20 to 80 percent. It also features an amazing statistic: “There are an estimated 80,000 annual ACL tears in the USA; 56,000 occur during sports.” Wow.

I can tell you, prior to my tear I certainly wasn’t thinking of prevention at all.


  1. Are you putting me on the same level as those professional athletes? cool.

    I’ve seen some youtube videos of acl injury prevention:



    — Andrew

    Posted by Andrew | October 15, 2008, 12:37 pm