ACL Injury and Treatments

This information is useful for children, adults, and older adults
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  • Our doctors will collaborate with you and your rehabilitation team to help prevent you from injuring your knee again

If you’re involved in a sport such as basketball, football or soccer, you probably know someone who has had an anterior ligament (ACL) injury. An ACL injury can bring an active life to a halt, whether you are a young athlete who plays a high-impact sport, or a  middle-aged "weekend warrior" hitting the tennis court without a warmup after sitting at a desk all day.

ACL injuries can happen when you’re playing a sport and you collide with another player. They can happen when you stop or change direction suddenly, land improperly or slow down while you are running.

 “From the internal damage within the knee joint to the psychological stress of time spent away from sporting activities, the effects of an ACL injury can be devastating,” says Elizabeth Gardner, MD, an orthopedic surgeon for Yale Medicine, and a former college athlete who was captain of her Yale Lacrosse team and was also recognized as an All-Ivy Yale field hockey player. “My goal is to help patients navigate all aspects of this injury to allow them to return safely to their desired activities and regain their quality of life. “