-- Robert Preidt
SATURDAY, March 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Many college
football players return to the sport after suffering a serious and
common type of knee injury called an anterior cruciate ligament
(ACL) tear, according to a new study.
It looked at 184 Division I NCAA football players who suffered
an ACL tear and underwent ACL reconstruction surgery. Overall, 82
percent (151) of them returned to play after recovery.
The rates were 94 percent for players who were starters before
they were injured, 88 percent for those with at least some playing
time, and 73 percent for those who rarely played.
Return rates were 90 percent for juniors and sophomores and
about 87 percent for scholarship players, according to the study
scheduled to be presented Saturday at a meeting of the American
Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, in New Orleans.
Because this study was presented at a medical meeting, the data
and conclusions should be viewed as preliminary until published in
a peer-reviewed journal.
"Our research shows that returning from a major knee injury and surgery is definitely possible. Furthermore, we've found that the more motivated and skilled players are more likely to achieve this goal," study author Dr. Jimmy Hoshang Daruwalla, of the orthopedics department at Emory University, said in a society news release.
"Sports medicine specialists will be able to use this data to help counsel players and tailor treatments for these collegiate athletes," he added.
The U.S. National Library of Medicine has more about
anterior cruciate ligament injury.
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