Assessing Letlotlo From The Physio's Table
On the injured list this week: Emmanuel Letlotlo
Current club: Kaizer Chiefs
Injury: Ruptured Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL)
Soccer Laduma injury brief:
Kaizer Chiefs’ medical team confirmed that their striker, Emmanuel Letlotlo, is facing several months out on the sidelines after undergoing surgery for a ruptured ACL.
Russell Looms BHMS Hons (Biokinetics), EPT Recovery Centre
The Physio says:
A sprained or ruptured (tear) anterior cruciate ligament is one of the most common injuries to the knee. The ACL is one of the four main ligaments that connect the femur and the tibia (bones above and below the knee).This type of knee injury can be experienced by athletes that play sports such as soccer, rugby and netball. If you have ruptured/torn your anterior cruciate ligament, you may require surgery to regain full function of your knee. In some cases, players may experience additional damage to the cartilage or the meniscus.
Recommended rehab exercise:
Seek professional guidance with either a Physiotherapist or Biokineticist. It is important to reduce knee swelling, improve and maintain range of motion (mobility). Strengthen the front upper thigh (quadriceps) and the back upper thigh (hamstring) muscles. Perform balancing exercises whilst standing on one leg.
Estimated time of recovery:
Depending on the severity of the injury, ruptured cruciate ligaments can take 12 to 16 weeks. Not following a correct rehabilitation programme can prolong the athlete’s return to sport.
How to prevent this injury from recurring:
Create greater stability of the knee. Strengthen the surrounding musculature of the knee as much as possible. Wearing a knee brace or strapping and taping when returning to the field. Before playing, use Deep Heat to warm up and prepare the muscles around the knee.
Notable players who suffered this injury in the past:
• Phakamani Mahlambi
• Zlatan Ibrahimovic
• Jesé Rodriguez
• Rafinha Alcantara