There’s tons of videos on YouTube that explain way in which you can help prevent ACL tears. Or you can go to a physical therapist office for a couple weeks and develop a workout plan with them.
They may seem unlucky, but they’re not (unless someone lands on your leg)
Biggest factors that you shouldn’t neglect: -strengthening glutes, hamstrings, calves – practicing proper two and one foot jumping mechanics – proper hydration, warm ups, and rest periods between trainings – core strengthening -getting rid of valgus knee collapse / knock knees -maintaining flexibility and endurance -knee and hip mobility
Also: don’t try to transition from big to guard to quickly, your body isn’t used to that kind of play style change. And don’t try to pull off crazy moves you see in the NBA until you master the fundamentals
If you want to hoop for life, avoiding knee injuries is key. Although it may not be over after an ACL tear, you’re more likely to tear it again, or tear the one in your opposite knee.
ACL surgery is basically rebuilding you leg muscles from scratch, and is a long physically and mentally challenging task that can even result in depression, in some cases.
I would do anything to go back and prevent my knee injury.