Collegiate ACL injury rates across 15 sports: National Collegiate Athletic Association injury surveillance system data update (2004-2005 through 2012-2013)
Agel J, Rockwood T, and Klossner D. Clin J Sport Med. 2016. [Epub Ahead of Print].
Take Home Message: Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury affect a small number of athletes. While overall ACL injury rates are decreasing, ACL injuries still affect a disproportionally higher number of women than men.
Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury research has led to the implementation of preventative programs to decrease the risk of injury. Updated injury surveillance data can be useful in both evaluating the effectiveness of current clinical practice as well as directing future research. Therefore, Agel, Rockwood, and Klossner used NCAA ACL injury surveillance data to determine the rate of ACL injury among collegiate athletes from 2004 to 2013. This is an update of the data previously reported for the 15 academic years between 1988 to 2004.