by DIANA ODUHO
I was in the middle of a scrimmage, two weeks away from the first lacrosse game of the 2016 season. While playing defense, I took a normal step and felt that infamous “pop” often described by athletes. I went down, screaming in agony, knowing what I had done. In a matter of seconds, I was out for the entire season.
An ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) tear in the knee is universally dreaded by all athletes alike. It does not discriminate against gender, nor sport, and is one of the worst injuries to go through.
The ACL is one of four ligaments in the knee that help provide stability. It crosses in front of the knee with the PCL to form an X, helping control motion back and forth. Because the majority of ACL tears occur through non-contact play, a tear can often be attributed to an awkward landing after a jump or the planting of the leg with a forceful shift in the opposite direction. The ACL doesn’t repair itself, so a graft is necessary for reconstruction.