The knee is a complicated structure that has lots of moving parts held together by four main ligaments, a type of connective tissue that attaches muscles to bones. One of the most vulnerable ligaments in the knee is the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). According to the American Council on Exercise (ACE), the knees carry around 80 percent of the weight of the body. That’s a huge load on a relatively small body part.
Sprains and tears of the ACL are common, especially among athletes. Basketball players, football players, and soccer players are particularly vulnerable to ACL injuries, which sometimes are severe enough to require surgery. Even if you aren’t a high-level athlete, it’s smart to do all you can to protect your ACL joint. Of course, you can’t change the structure of ligaments in a joint, or the bones that make up the joint either, for that matter. But there’s a lot you can do to help stabilize and protect them. One important way to prevent ACL injuries is by keeping the muscles that support the knee flexible with stretches.
Try increasing your stretching and foam rolling to at least daily! Here is a travel size kit you can take to the office, every practice, game & workout!