The infamous ACL injury strikes about 150,000 to 300,000 people in the U.S. every year. Almost half of them requiring reconstructive surgery, a good ACL tear is no laughing matter.
An estimated 600,000 knee replacements take place in the U.S. every year and at a cost of $15,000 per procedure, that adds up to $9 billion every year. Within the athletic community, those numbers are even higher.
Earlier this January Robert Griffin III, a rookie quarterback for the Washington Redskins took a spill in a game against the Seattle Seahawks. Undergoing three surgeries and looking forward to months of rehab, his ACL tear is one of the most talked about sports injuries in history.
What can we learn from Griffin's story? First off, if you're going to be playing sports, especially those that are unforgiving to the knees, the likelihood of an ACL tear or similar injury goes way up. In fact, the chances of a non-athlete ACL injury are just 1,000 to 1.