ACL Injuries in the Female Athlete

in Journal of Sport Rehabilitation
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The high rate of noncontact ACL injuries in female athletes has become a prominent and controversial subject. This article attempts to provide insight into this trend in athletic injuries. Anatomic, physiological, and biomechanical differences are discussed as possible causative factors. Epidemiological data regarding ACL injuries are reviewed, comparing the genders. The discussion also includes anecdotal findings that support current research. This review is intended to raise awareness of the problem and promote screening for risk factors and implementation of more thorough and aggressive preventive programs.

Mary Lloyd Ireland is with Kentucky Sports Medicine Clinic, 601 Perimeter Dr., Lexington, KY 40517. Michael Gaudette and Scott Crook are with Joyner SportsMedicine Institute, Lexington Center, 601 Perimeter Dr., Suite 110, Lexington, KY 40517.

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