Why Do Women Athletes Have More ACL Tears?

Why Do Women Athletes Have More ACL Tears?

Women face a higher risk of ACL tears. So what can we do about it?

The fact that women are more prone to ACL tears and other injuries has gotten a lot of play in the past few years. But it's not just hype. The fact is, female athletes are in fact more likely to incur major injuries to the knee, especially while playing major sports such as soccer, basketball, volleyball, and alpine skiing. (For more on the science on this click here).

Compared to males, females execute high demand activities in a more erect posture, potentially predisposing the anterior cruciate ligament to greater loads and injury.

I recently created a website, The Female ACL, which outlines some of the unique risk factors that women face when it comes to knee injuries, as well as how we can attempt to combat these injuries by adjusting techniques when it comes to running and jumping. 

The Female ACL

If you are interested in this topic, take a look at the first video in the series below. Part 2 and 3 are available at www.thefemaleacl.com

Dr. Sterett breaks down some of the anatomical reasons that women are at a higher risk for ACL and other knee injuries

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