Boston Celtics star point guard Rajon Rondo will miss the rest of the season after tearing the ACL in his right knee. He injured his knee while playing against the Atlanta Hawks in last Friday’s game. Originally it was believed to behyperextended, but tests showed that the ACL was torn.
The ACL, or Anterior Cruciate Ligament, is one of four tendons that stabilize the knee joint and connect the femur to the tibia. It runs from the back of the femur, or thighbone, to the front of the tibia, or shinbone, and prevents the tibia from moving too far forward. The ACL typically tears during a twisting or cutting motion, such as during a sudden deceleration, awkward landing, or blow to the leg from the front. It’s one of the most common injuries for athletes, withbasketball, soccer, and football all considered high risk sports.