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Can you play football with a torn ACL if you use a brace and are careful?

8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Shaun Machen
Orthopedic Surgery
3 doctors agree

In brief: Not Recommended

Football is a contact sport.
The risk of sustaining a subluxation (partial dislocation) event is high with cutting and pivoting. When this happens further damage can occur to the knee in terms of meniscal tears, cartilage damage, and tears of other ligaments. A brace won't protect you.

In brief: Not Recommended

Football is a contact sport.
The risk of sustaining a subluxation (partial dislocation) event is high with cutting and pivoting. When this happens further damage can occur to the knee in terms of meniscal tears, cartilage damage, and tears of other ligaments. A brace won't protect you.
Dr. Shaun Machen
Dr. Shaun Machen
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Dr. John Ayres
Orthopedic Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

Football is a contact sport.
No matter how careful you try to be, you place yourself and your team mates at risk by playing with an ACL deficient knee; with or without a brace. No brace is 100% effective. If you tear your acl, it can be reconstructed, but other innjuries, like a torn meniscus, are not all reparable. A torn meniscus increases the change of developing arthritis later in life.

In brief: No

Football is a contact sport.
No matter how careful you try to be, you place yourself and your team mates at risk by playing with an ACL deficient knee; with or without a brace. No brace is 100% effective. If you tear your acl, it can be reconstructed, but other innjuries, like a torn meniscus, are not all reparable. A torn meniscus increases the change of developing arthritis later in life.
Dr. John Ayres
Dr. John Ayres
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Dr. Christopher Hajnik
Orthopedic Surgery - Reconstruction

In brief: Not recommended

Your acl provides stability during pivoting type activities.
Assuming that you are young with minimal arthritic changes to your knee, pivoting sports are not recommended with a ruptured acl. The abnormal motion experienced by an acl-deficient knee may increase your risk for early arthritis.

In brief: Not recommended

Your acl provides stability during pivoting type activities.
Assuming that you are young with minimal arthritic changes to your knee, pivoting sports are not recommended with a ruptured acl. The abnormal motion experienced by an acl-deficient knee may increase your risk for early arthritis.
Dr. Christopher Hajnik
Dr. Christopher Hajnik
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2 comments
Dr. Thomas Graber
Do You Know what you have?
Dr. Thomas Graber
If you truly have an ACL injury, I agree with what has been said, but this diagnosis should be made by someone trained to make this diagnosis. Also, injury can be mild like a sprain all the way to a complete tear. Just what it means in your case requires more detail.
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