The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is a vital ligament for proper movement. ACL injury more commonly causes knee instability than injury to other knee ligaments. Injuries of the ACL range from mild such as small tears to severe when the ligament is completely torn. There are many ways the ACL can be torn; the most prevalent is when the knee is bent too much toward the back and when it goes too far to the side.Tears in the anterior cruciate ligament often take place when the knee receives a direct impact from the front while the leg is in a stable position, for example a standing football player is tackled sideways when his feet are firmly planted.
How many guys this year have had season ending ACL injuries ? 5 on the NY Giants alone and there are 32 teams in the league. In the James Harrison interview earlier in the year, he pointed out that ACL tears may have a higher incident rate than concussions and head injuries. He also said that he was being kind by head hunting and going after a players knees. ACL tears are not only often season ending, they are career threatening. I am not saying they are more important than protecting players from head injuries, however, maybe it is time to look at the statistics and begin to think about how to protect the players knees. I am not sure there is any answer to this and it may just be a casualty of the sport. However, what is wrong with a 9 billion dollar a year industry investing a little money in R&D if it will benefit the longevity and safety of the men playing the game.
I am not one for supporting or limiting the way players play the game or how they hit one another or where they make contact. I am all for equipment or other types of protection and players decision on whether or to make use of it. For example, I have read all over about people experimenting with all types of equipment that protect soldiers, hey who knows maybe some of it is relevant. I don’t know if it is practical or not but maybe the NFL should be looking into things like this.
I am wondering how Jonathan Goff, Terrell Thomas, Domenik Hixon and others would feel about some of all that hard-earned NFL money going to better equipment. You obviously cannot completely protect the players from injury, look at what happened this past week to Vick and Manningham. etc., with all the helmet to helmet rules and safety measures put in place.
However, if you can find a way to protect players and reduce the statistics isn’t it worth it ?