Understanding of anterior cruciate ligaments, ACL injuries, surgical procedures, and rehabilitation has come a long way over the past 20 years, from open surgery followed by prolonged immobilization to arthroscopic procedures combined with accelerated rehabilitation. But when examining the consensus statement and research abstracts from April 2006 Proceedings of the ACL Research Retreat III: The Gender Bias in this issue of the JOSPT, the reader concludes that there is much yet to be understood about the injury mechanism and the prevention of ACL injuries.
J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2007;37(2):32. doi:10.2519/jospt.2007.0101
Despite how far our understanding of anterior cruciate ligaments, ACL injuries, surgical procedures, and rehabilitation has come in 20 years, we must continue to question the current knowledge related to ACL injuries and rehabilitation and seek to improve clinical care through diligent review of the literature as it is published.