Robert Griffin III’s knee surgery – and what you can learn from it

In a recent wildcard playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks, Washington Redskins rookie quarterback, Robert Griffin III (commonly abbreviated as RG3), incurred the most well known knee injury of all time. That’s right; RG3 tore his ACL (anterior cruciate ligament). A torn ACL is of no little significance, but it is even more serious when other injuries like a torn LCL ( lateral collateral ligament ) or medial meniscus are added to the list. Unfortunately for RG3, he had them all.

In regards to the surgeries required to repair the damage, orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Mark Adickes, said that “all three surgeries are significant when done alone. When done together, they comprise a major surgery that leads to an extremely painful and arduous recovery.” Recovery from these kinds of surgeries is estimated to take anywhere from six weeks to six months. Needless to say, G3 won’t be playing ball again anytime soon.

There is a lot we can learn from the injury of this young quarterback. This infographic from InsuranceQuotes takes walks you through who is at risk as well as the science of what it actually means to tear an ACL.

ACL injuries and knee surgery

From: Bankrate Insurance’s InsuranceQuotes.com