Rugby Injuries, Rugby Injury
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Ankle & Foot
Sprained Ankle
Lisfranc Joint Injury
Metatarsal Fracture
Heel Pain
Calf & Shin
Achilles Pain
Calf Muscle Strain
Shin Splints
Broken Leg
Knee Injuries
ACL Knee Injury
MCL Knee Injury
LCL Knee Injury
Torn Cartlidge
Illiotibial Band Injury
Patella Fracture
Hip & Thigh
Hamstring Strain
Thigh Muscle Strain
Facet Syndrome
Slipped Disc
Sprained Thumb
Fracture of Thumb
Broken Neck
Slipped Disc
Acromio Clavicular Joint Sprain
Rotator Cuff Injury
Dislocated Shoulder
Broken Collar Bone

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Overview of the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL)

The Anterior Cruciate Ligament or ACL is situated deep inside the knee joint. It acts as the connective ligament between the thigh and shin bones. The ACL primary function is to stop the shin moving too far forwards and to prevent the knee excessively rotating. The ACL is an essential component when stabilizing the knee joint.

What is ACL Knee Injury?

ACL knee injuries occur due to moderate to severe trauma from impact. Severe impacts during a rugby tackle can cause the ACL to rupture. Harder tackles can also involve and tear the Posterior Cruciate Ligament. The typical trauma occurs due to excessive twisting of the knee or landing very hard from a fall. Players will complain of pain on the outside and back of the knee.

At the time of impact the knee may be in a bent or an overextended position. ACL knee injuries are becoming more and more common due to the increased intensity of rugby.

The rugby player may feel a sudden snap or pop, which is a bad sound for a rugby player! This will be followed by intense pain depending on the level of damage to the ACL.

In severe cases other ligaments such as the Medial Collateral Ligament as well as the Menisci Cartilage can be damaged. Bleeding inside the knee joint will occur and the player may have a swollen painful knee joint.

In mild cases the rugby player may feel that he/she is still able to play but once the ACL loses its structure it will no longer be effective in knee joint rotation and the knee will become instable.


Ice packs should be immediately placed on the knee after the injury. This should be repeated every twenty minutes for two hours; this will reduce swelling and bleeding inside the joint. Due to swelling around the knee medical professionals may find this injury hard to diagnose. Ice packs and cold compression should be used for the swelling to decrease. An MRI or arthroscope will be used to assess the laxity of the joint.

Rehabilitation usually includes a knee brace which improves the strength and stability of the joint. It can be used even during physical activities. ACL reconstruction knee surgery is indicated for individuals who did not present much improvement from the knee brace or need to be in full operating status. The surgery restores knee function fully by taking a patella tendon strip from the patient to replace the ACL. Modern techniques have made it possible for individuals to resume sports activity within six months.

Prevention Tips

The extent and risk of injury is dependent on the size of the ACL. The smaller the ACL, the bigger the chance of acquiring injury and the larger the extent of the damage. Pro-prioception training which makes use of a wobble board and taking a break from physical activities when fatigued greatly prevent ACL knee injury incidences.


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