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ACL tears More sideline female athletes


No Knee Injury to Women
By: isabelle21

 

Knee injuries are very common, especially for people who play a lot of sports. Women are two to eight times more likely than men to have certain kinds of knee problems like ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) tears. There are many things that can influence whether you get a knee injuryor not, but there are effective you can take to minimize the risks! Learn how to protect our knees!


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ACL tears More sideline female athletes - Jul 02
Although the research varies, female athletes are two and a half to four times more likely to tear their ACLs than men, depending on the sport. Understanding the reasons ...
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Posted: Jul 2, 2010 9:14
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  • ACL tears More sideline female athletes

    Although the research varies, female athletes are two and a half to four times more likely to tear their ACLs than men, depending on the sport. Understanding the reasons behind these disproportionate numbers is “the million dollar question,” says Dr. Michael Maloney, director of the sports medicine division at the University of Rochester Medical Center.


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  • By: Notyetagolfpro: Oct, 28, 2010 23:38 PM
    Several orthopedists told me the similar things- that it is a combination of:
    1. higher muscle (hamstring, quadriceps) to ligament strength (than with men);
    2. hormonal changes (certain times of the month, women are especially prone to tears), and
    3. the Q angle (a woman's wider hips create an outward angle, putting more lateral pressure on the joint).    

    There is a ton of information about this on this site- for ex. see:  http://www.knee1.com/News/feature_mainstory.cfm/309 (ACL tears in female soccer players) &
    http://www.knee1.com/News/feature_mainstory.cfm/393 (Women & ACL Injury) - report of orthopedic research on this very topic-

    By: AmariT: Oct, 19, 2010 15:56 PM


    Could be any number of reasons, really. Maybe women's knees are built to sustain less stress than men's are. Could be diet, choice of shoes, or way of walking/running. Could just be different activities and different methods of sports training.

    I think I'm going to go with choice of shoes, though.


    By: isabelle21: Jul, 02, 2010 09:18 AM

    Female athletes are more prone to suffering from a traumatic knee injury.

    But what most people don't know is that roughly 10 million women see their doctors for knee pain, often caused by activities that are not related to sports, such as lifting boxes, going up a flight of stairs or squatting too much while gardening.

    Why are women winding up with more knee injuries?


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