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Updated: October 4, 1999, 7:44 PM ET

Torn cartilage

Knee cartilage tears are among the most common injuries in athletics, mainly because the knee joint is subject to such constant pounding and torque in so many popular sports, from football and basketball to soccer and hockey. And while a cartilage tear may not be as immediately catastrophic as, say, a torn anterior cruciate ligament, the long-term effects can be more debilitating.

The knee joint contains two types of cartilage: meniscus and articular. Meniscus cartilage ...

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