NFL Says Serious Knee Injuries are Down 12/26/13
NEW YORK - ACL injuries are down, the NFL has told its Health and Safety Advisory Committee.
In a memo to the committee sent earlier this week and obtained by The Associated Press, the league said research showed there were 30 ACL injuries in games through the preseason and first 13 weeks of the schedule. There were 39 such injuries in 2012, 35 in 2011, 37 in 2010, and 31 in 2009.
Anterior cruciate ligament problems are the most severe knee injuries.
There was an increase in medial collateral ligament injuries (MCL), from 74 in 2012 to 89 in games this season through 13 weeks this season. There were 106 MCL injuries in 2011, 89 in 2010 and 103 in 2009.
There have been suggestions that knee injuries have gone up since the NFL cracked down heavily on hits to the head and neck area. But the research shows that about 68 percent of ACL injuries this season involved contact with another player.