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Abstract

ACL injuries are one of the most feared and difficult injuries to return from in sports today. Occurring at a rate of 2.8 to 3.2 injuries per 10,000 athletes (Smith et al., 2012), the costs of ACL injuries go far beyond monetary. Athletes must endure an arduous recovery involving reconstructive surgery, multiple months of rehabilitation and the emotional tolls associated with each. As a result, efforts must be made to identify and counteract the factors that put athletes at an increased risk for an ACL injury. These factors include physical condition, mechanism, sport, and gender. By having a comprehensive understanding of these risk factors and their implications, programs for prevention can be implemented to preserve the wellbeing of the athletes.

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