An unusual mechanism for injury of the anterior cruciate ligament in figure skating

Eugene K. Wilson, Alexandra P. Lahurd, John H. Wilckens

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Abstract

A 20-year-old competitive figure skater presented with an acute disabling knee injury that occurred in the overhead, non-weight-bearing knee during the performance of a Biellmann spin. Examination and magnetic resonance imaging confirmed the diagnosis of a complete anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear. To our knowledge, no previous cases of acute injury of the ACL sustained during the execution of a Biellmann spin have been reported. The ACL injury we report is unique because it occurred without the blade contacting the ice. The mechanism of injury has some features that are similar to those of other noncontact ACL injuries, with the addition of centrifugal force as a potential contributor to the injury.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)160-162
Number of pages3
JournalClinical Journal of Sport Medicine
Volume22
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2012

Keywords

  • Biellmann spin
  • anterior cruciate ligament
  • figure skating

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation

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