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All About ACL Tears

If there is one thing that will affect your fantasy league points it would when players get injured. Let’s face it: when players are injured, they do not play. And when they do not play, they are not able to help your fantasy league by delivering points for you. If you are going to be an effective fantasy league owner, it is important to keep track of the injuries of each of the players on your fantasy roster. If one of your players does in fact get an injury, it is important to understand how serious it is. If it is bad enough, you will of course have to find a player to replace him.

Of all the injuries that a player could have the misfortune of getting, perhaps the most serious would be that of an ACL tear. The Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) is a set of ligaments that connect the femur (thigh bone) to the shin bone (tibia). Mainly it is supposed to keep the shin bone from rotating during running or twisting motions and to keep it from moving too far forward in front of the thigh bone. ACL tears can normally happen if there is trauma directly on the knee or when a player is attempting to chance direction or decelerate too fast without unplanting the legs first.

An ACL tear will often be accommodated by pain and swelling that limited the player’s range of motion. If the neighboring medial collateral ligament (MCL) has been hurt then recovery could be delayed. Personal trainers and physical therapists often employ a procedure called a “Lachman’s test” to determine how serious the injury is. If there is significant movement when you shift the shin bone forward yet keep the thigh bone stabilized that is usually not a good sign. Often an MRI will need to be performed in order to confirm it however.

In order to properly recover, many athletes go through rehab. One procedure doctors use is to replace the torn ACL with the player’s own skin from another area of their body or from cadaver tissue that is completely ouside of their body.

A player who get an ACL tear will generally return after about 10-12 months. Thus, a fantasy aficionado will definitely need to have them replaced if they get this type of injury. The good news for fantasy owners is that the likelihood of a re-tear of an ACL is rather low. Carson Palmer and Sam Bradford are some exceptions, however.

There are a few players who might not be able to be considered for your fantasy team. Todd Gurley, a rookie who played for Georgia, is currently rehabbing from an ACL tear and at the start of the NFL he will be at exactly ten months. Thus, this player might be a bit hit-and-miss for the fantasy owner. Stevan Ridley with the Jets is also a questionable prospect who may not be able to be picked up by fantasy enthusiasts until later in the season.

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