In the United States, the highest incidence of ACL injury is to athletes, many of whom are soccer players. Surgery is often required to repair those torn ACLs, and surgeons are working with mechanical engineers to better understand the physiology of children’s knees in order to better repair the injuries–or perhaps avert them entirely. This article delves into how these engineers and biomechanics specialists are applying techniques normally reserved for hard materials like steel to soft tissue.

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