Children's Hospital Colorado

ACL Injury and Treatment

Repairing a young athlete’s ACL tear

Many athletes fear they may someday feel the tear of an ACL, but if they do, it 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.

Read more about what an ACL tear is

Our families discuss their ACL tear experience

Caroline and her parents share how they navigated the challenges and decisions during her ACL tear diagnosis and treatment.



ACL injury treatment options and resources

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.

Two teenage girls sit on a couch while they connect over their ACL surgery journeys at Children's Hospital Colorado.

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.

Illustration showing that an ACL graft can come from the quad-patella bone above the knee, the patellar tendon below the knee or the hamstring tendons on the side of the knee.

ACL reconstruction graft options

Choosing the best ACL graft 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.

Read more about ACL grafts

Sports doctor and athletic trainer walk young athlete off soccer field.

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 nurses who deliver care geared exclusively to active growing bodies.

Meet our pediatric specialists

96%

ACL reconstruction graft success rate 24 months after surgery

53

Dedicated pediatric sports medicine specialists

35

Certified athletic trainers

Additional resources

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.

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