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MCL Injury

Although medial ligament injuries of the knee are common, they are mostly not considered severe. The usual mechanism of injury in football is a blow to the outside of the knee.

The severity of injury is graded (I-III) with a Grade III tear being a complete rupture of the ligament. A Grade II injury will normally be supported for up to 6 weeks in a range of movement brace which limits full knee extension during the recovery period. This limitation of full extension of the knee places the MCL in a shortened position to allow for better healing. Progression out of the brace depends on several factors including injury severity, pain and function.

Queensland halfback Johnathan Thurston tore his medial collateral ligament during the final State of Origin match in 2011.
Johnathan Thurston MCL Tear
Queenslander Johnathan Thurston tore his medial collateral ligament during the final State of Origin match in 2011.
(Image sourced from Sky News)
Medial Collateral Ligament MCL
3D model of the knee showing the medial collateral ligament or MCL.
(Image sourced from Primal Pictures)
PLAYERS WHO HAVE HAD MCL INJURIES
Name Team Onset Year Sport
Christian Howard Western Bulldogs R 1 2012 AFL
George Smith Brumbies Round 14 2013 UNION
Ben Funnell Crusaders Round 14 2013 UNION
Jason Ryles Storm Round 16 2013 NRL
Dane Tilse Raiders Round 16 2013 NRL
Fotu Aueula Brumbies Pre Season 2014 UNION
Kieran Read Crusaders Pre Season 2014 UNION
Brad Shields Hurricanes Pre Season 2014 UNION
Tim Bateman Hurricanes Pre Season 2014 UNION
Dylan Des Fountain Lions Pre Season 2014 UNION
Ben Daley Reds Round 5 2014 UNION
Steven Kitshoff Stormers Round 12 2014 UNION
Sam Dwyer Collingwood Round 7 2014 AFL
Matt de Boer Fremantle Round 11 training 2014 AFL
Luke Tapscott Melbourne Pre-season 2014 AFL
Sam Naismith Sydney Round 5 2014 AFL
Josh Prudden Western Bulldogs Round 3 2014 AFL
John Sutton Rabbitohs Round 20 2014 NRL

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