The Anterolateral Ligament Does Exist. An Anatomic Description

Stefano Zaffagnini, Alberto Grassi, Giulio Maria Marcheggiani Muccioli, Federico Raggi, Matteo Romagnoli, Alice Bondi, Salvatore Calderone, Cecilia Signorelli

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The debate around the existence, anatomy, and role of the so-called anterolateral ligament of the knee represents one of the main sources of recent controversy among orthopedic surgeons. In the modern era of sports medicine, several content experts have contributed to the understanding of the anatomy of the anterolateral aspect of the knee. This article analyzes the historical, phylogenetic, anatomic, arthroscopic, and radiological evidence regarding the anterolateral ligament. The existence of the anterolateral ligament as a distinct ligamentous structure and its exact anatomic features are still matters of controversy and ongoing study.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9-19
Number of pages11
JournalClinics in Sports Medicine
Issue number1
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2017


  • ACL
  • ALL
  • Anterior cruciate ligament
  • Anterolateral capsule
  • Anterolateral ligament
  • Knee anatomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation


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