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ACL Injury, Ligament Laxity and the Menstrual Cycle

Posted Nov 04 2009 10:06pm

Womens Basketball According to the NCAA Injury Surveillance Survey, women sustain more total injuries than men during athletic events, this is particularly true for anterior cruciate ligament rupture in the knee, known as an ACL rupture (1). It has been postulated that women are at higher risk of ACL injury due to a wider pelvis causing more genu valgum (knock-knee) than men. Quick stopping and cutting motions in sports such as basketball, soccer and gymnastics,  are the more common mechanisms for injury in women (2). The hormonal changes during the menstrual cycle are also theorized to impact the joint stability, mechanics and load on the knee, possibly increasing the risk for ACL injury. Continue Reading »

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