Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injuries are major concerns for many athletes. 70% of all ACL injuries are non-contact injuries. This means when a player is running and decides to stop or change direction they end up injuring their ACL.
Women high school and collegiate age are 3-4 times more likely to suffer a non-contact ACL injury than males competing in the same sports. As females develop, their hips become wider and hip to knee angle becomes greater which increases the risk of a knee injury. In the U.S., 20,000 to 80,000 high school female athletes experience ACL injuries each year.
Male athletes are slightly less likely to injure their ACL, but still a concern. Even with treatment after an ACL injury the athlete increases the risk of premature osteoarthritis.
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