Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injury

What is an ACL injury?

The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is one of four main ligaments in the knee. It provides stability for the knee joint. An ACL injury occurs when the ACL ligament tears, typically as a result of cutting and pivoting activities during sports.

The most common type of pediatric ACL injury is a complete tear of the ACL. Usually, surgery is recommended for these injuries with options varying by the patient’s age and musculoskeletal maturity.

How we care for ACL injuries

Boston Children's Hospital Sports Medicine Division offers a wealth of experience treating children, teens and young adults with ACL tears. We’re leaders in ACL research and pioneers in the development of ACL reconstruction techniques tailored to the patient’s age and musculoskeletal maturity.

Our ACL team includes orthopedic surgeons, sports medicine physicians, athletic trainers, psychologists and nutritionists, ensuring the best possible care and a safe return to sports.