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ACL and Meniscus Injuries During Weekend Sports

Weekend sports enthusiasts often look forward to their time on the field or court, enjoying the thrill of competition and the camaraderie with teammates. However, this increased physical activity can also lead to a higher risk of certain injuries, particularly those involving the knee, such as ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) and meniscus injuries.

What are Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injuries?
The ACL is one of the major ligaments in the knee, providing stability and preventing excessive forward movement of the shin bone (tibia) in relation to the thigh bone (femur). Weekend sports that involve sudden stops, changes in direction, or jumping put individuals at risk for ACL injuries.


  • Sudden stops or changes in direction, are common in sports like soccer, basketball, and tennis.
  • Pivoting or twisting motions, particularly when the foot is planted firmly on the ground.
  • Direct impact to the knee, such as a collision with another player.


  • Sudden, severe pain in the knee.
  • A "popping" sound at the time of injury.
  • Swelling and tenderness.
  • Difficulty bearing weight on the affected leg.
  • Instability or a feeling of the knee "giving way."

Meniscus Injuries:
The menisci are two C-shaped pieces of cartilage in the knee that act as shock absorbers, providing cushioning between the thigh and shin bones. They also help distribute body weight evenly across the joint. Weekend sports that involve sudden twisting or rotating of the knee can lead to meniscus injuries.


  • Twisting or rotating the knee while the foot is planted.
  • Sudden stops or changes in direction.
  • Direct impact to the knee.


  • Pain, particularly along the joint line.
  • Swelling, which may occur gradually over a couple of days.
  • Difficulty fully extending or bending the knee.
  • A "catching" or "locking" sensation in the knee during movement.
  • A feeling of instability or giving way.

Prevention and Management
While some level of risk is inherent in any physical activity, there are steps that can be taken to reduce the likelihood of ACL and meniscus injuries during weekend sports:

  • Proper Warm-up and Stretching: A thorough warm-up prepares the muscles, ligaments, and tendons for activity, reducing the risk of injury.
  • Strength and Conditioning: Focusing on strengthening the muscles around the knee, as well as overall lower body strength, can provide better support and stability.
  • Technique Training: Learning and practicing proper techniques for movements specific to the sport can help prevent injuries.
  • Appropriate Footwear: Wearing shoes that are designed for the specific sport and provide proper support can make a significant difference.
  • Listen to Your Body: Pay attention to any discomfort or pain during physical activity. Rest and seek medical attention if needed.
  • Rehabilitation and Recovery: If an injury does occur, proper rehabilitation and recovery are crucial for a safe return to sports.

In the event of an ACL or meniscus injury, prompt medical evaluation and treatment are essential. This may include physical therapy, bracing, or, in severe cases, surgery.
Weekend sports offer numerous benefits, including exercise, social interaction, and stress relief. By being mindful of injury prevention strategies and seeking appropriate care when needed, enthusiasts can continue enjoying their favorite activities safely and with reduced risk of ACL and meniscus injuries.

Dr. Rohit Lamba, Head of the Department & Senior Consultant

Bone, Joint Replacement And Orthopaedics

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