The Lurking Sideliner: The Risk and Reasoning of Female ACL Injuries

The Lurking Sideliner: The Risk and Reasoning of Female ACL Injuries

The frequency of female knee injuries compared to their male counterparts has become increasingly recognized.  There are numerous hypothesized female ACL tear factors.  Supposed “research” has suggested everything from anterior cruciate ligament size to hormonal fluctuation and everything in between.  This piece focuses on the concrete factors that have been proven to increase the susceptibility of ACL tears in females; factors which if improved upon can reduce the risk of injury.  With an understanding of why girls are at higher risk for this type of injury in the first place, knee injury reduction can be systematically approached from the core outwards. 

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