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ACL Injury and Treatment

Repairing the ACL tear

Athletes fear that they may someday feel the tear of an ACL, but an ACL tear doesn't have to be career-ending. With the right treatment, care team and mindset, athletes can heal and safely return to their sport. We've pioneered new techniques to best heal growing athletes physically and mentally. Watch as Caroline and her parents share how they navigated the challenges and decisions during her ACL tear diagnosis and treatment.

ACL graft options

Choosing the best ACL graft for your young athlete's surgery can be challenging. There are two ways surgeons reconstruct the ACL: from either the patient's own knee, which is called an autograft, or using tissue from a donor, which is called an allograft.

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96% ACL reconstruction graft success rate 24 months after surgery
7 Sports medicine certified surgical assistants
53 Dedicated pediatric sports medicine specialists
23 Certified athletic trainers

Our sports medicine team

Our pediatric orthopedic experts are specially trained to care for growing athletes. We have a fully-integrated team of sports medicine doctors, athletic trainers, physical therapists, dietitians and specialists who deliver care geared exclusively to active growing bodies.

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ACL surgery overview

The ACL is a commonly injured ligament in the knee that stabilizes the knee during sports and activities. Learn about ACL surgery and how our pediatric surgeons ensure the best outcomes for growing athletes.

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Patient stories

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Partnership with the University of Colorado School of Medicine

Children's Hospital Colorado partners with the University of Colorado School of Medicine, where many of our physicians and care providers serve as faculty.