Knee injuries are common in football, especially injuries to the medial collateral ligament (MCL), the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and the meniscus.
The MCL is a ligament on the inner portion of your knee and can be injured when the outer side of the knee is hit while blocking or tackling. Treatment includes rest, bracing and physical therapy.
The ACL is a ligament inside your knee and helps stabilize the knee joint. The ACL can be injured during a tackle or when athletes are cutting while running. Full ACL tears are typically treated with surgery.
The menisci are cartilage and can be torn when the knee is twisted while bent. Meniscal tears are managed based on the severity but often require surgery. These injuries in children are best treated with the help of a pediatric sports medicine or pediatric orthopedic surgeon as their growth plates are still open and require expert care and attention.