How Often Does a Second ACL Tear Occur & Famous Athletes Who Tore Their ACL Twice

How Often Does a Second ACL Tear Occur & Famous Athletes Who Tore Their ACL Twice

Jabari Parker recently tore his ACL on the same knee a second time. NBA fans may be wondering...is this a career-ender for the burgeoning young star?”

We recently featured NBA player Jabari Parker on the blog when we focused on NBA players who have come back from major injuries to become stars.

Unfortunately for the Jabari, who has quickly become a burgeoning superstar for the Milwaukee Bucks, he recently re-injured the same knee. It was a tough way to go down just before the All-Star break, and some people (especially Bucks fans) may be wondering if this is a career-ender for Jabari....

Is a Second ACL Tear To a Pro Athlete Career-Ending? 

Jabari Parker recently suffered a second ACL tear to the same knee

Jabari Parker recently suffered a second ACL tear to the same knee

While we used to hear the term “career-ending” often, now it’s more common to hear the term “season-ending”. And our biologic enhancement of healing will continue to improve with the advancement of growth factors, PRP and nutrition, and stem cells. As this happens, the time it takes to return to sports after ACL injury will continue to decrease.

In fact, although this injury is definitely season-ending, as outlined here by Sports Illustrated, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Jabari returning to form in the future. Although we haven't seen a huge sample size when it comes to NBA players injuring the same knee twice, in other sports there are examples of athletes enjoying some of their best form even after multiple ACL surgeries. (Read the following article, which goes a more into depth as far as research on this topic in the sport of Alpine Skiings..)

“How likely is it to tear the ACL in the same knee twice?”

When YOU see an injury like this, you may be wondering what happens if you have the bad luck to tear your ACL not once, but twice.  It's a good question, and I laid out the answer in a recent video. Click below to see it. 

Who are some famous athletes who have torn their ACL Twice?

If you're in find yourself in the unenviable situation of having torn your ACL a second time, don't despair! These great athletes who have recently injured their ACL a second time and bounced back to enjoy great success.

Lindsey Vonn - Right Knee

Multiple Knee Injuries haven't stopped Lindsey from being a perennial champion in the Alpine Skiing world. 

Multiple Knee Injuries haven't stopped Lindsey from being a perennial champion in the Alpine Skiing world. 

Sam Bradford - Left Knee

Minnesota Vikings QB Sam Bradford quieted the critics this year as he took over the leadership reigns of the Minnesota Vikings. Bradford has suffered multiple ACL injuries.

Minnesota Vikings QB Sam Bradford quieted the critics this year as he took over the leadership reigns of the Minnesota Vikings. Bradford has suffered multiple ACL injuries.


5 Famous Football (Soccer) Players Who Tore Their ACL - And Returned

5 Famous Football (Soccer) Players Who Tore Their ACL - And Returned

What Are The Odds and Risks of Re-Tearing My ACL on the Same Knee After Surgery?

What Are The Odds and Risks of Re-Tearing My ACL on the Same Knee After Surgery?