Why do footballers get ACL injuries?

What is an anterior cruciate ligament and what does it do?

The ACL is a ligament situated deep inside the knee. It’s about 10cm long and one cm wide. Its role is to provide stability, but it also acts as the knee's brain. It’s full of sensors, so when the knee is running, turning and twisting, it provides the brain with all this information about the speed it’s moving at and keeps it nice and stable and in the correct position. If you damage it, all of that information being fed back to the brain is lost. Your knee will be wobbly and unstable. 

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