ACL Tears in Women
Why do women tear their ACL's so much more often than men, has been a question I have had since freshmen year. During freshmen year, the ACL club started and the numbers have increased immensely since then. I have watched many of my friends, teammates, and opponents tear their ACl's and go through the 9 month process of rehibilitation. Through the many people I have known that have torn their ACL's, not one of them has been a male. Elizabeth Quinn wrote,"And some statistics says that a female soccer player is eight times more likely to injury her ACL than a male soccer player." My team has gone through ACl prevention programs, but the ACL's still continue. Is there just one reason that is a factor into this horrible injury that seems to affect women so much more often than men. I have heard some explanations such as the ratio between muscle in the thigh to the hamstring, the way women plant or run in sports, but I would love to know what is the one underlying problem that makes it so much more common to women.
ACL injuries are most common in sports such as basketball and soccer, and these sports have become much more developed in the last decade. Elizabeth Quinn wrote,"And some statistics says that a female soccer player is eight times more likely to injury her ACL than a male soccer player." Girls and Boys at a young age are competing in competition level club teams pretty much year round. Coaches are telling them to focus on one sport, instead of trying to do many, to improve their game. The games are getting more intense and kids are practicing more and more. Is the focus of intensity on kids at such a young age becoming a factor to this injury. I think it may have an effect because when kids do a couple different sports they are building different muscles and becoming better athletes as a whole. If kids focus on one sport early on, they are overusing this muscles from an early age. There could be ways to prevent this, by introducing strength conditioning to kids so that when they are in high school, they will have already become aware of prevention of such an intense injury as an ACL. However, should kids be focusing on serious issues such as long-term injuries, when they are just kids playing the sport for fun?