Anatomical Differences For Female Athletes

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Don’t Tear it Female athletes on average are 3.5 times riskier for non-contact Anterior Cruciate Ligament injuries compared to males (Ireland). The Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) in the knee is likely to tear if a person lands wrong on it, which can be heard or felt by a pop or snap. The Anterior Cruciate Ligament is one of four ligaments that attach the femur, tibia and fibula. There are many sports that an ACL tear is more likely to occur in, such as, basketball, soccer and skiing. People need to become more aware of the prevention needed so that multiple females are not injured every year. Outside factors may be a problem but if muscles are in proper shape and strength it should not be a problem. Due to females’ physiological differences, …show more content…
Female athletes have hormonal influences, biomechanical factors, neuromuscular factors, and anatomic differences that affect how more they get injured. Women’s anatomical differences to consider are they can be more knock-kneed, their femoral notch size, ACL dimensions, the Q-angle, and the degree of knee laxity they have. Coaches always have different techniques when conditioning their athletes which can be an outside factor. Athletes will always have different skill level which coaches need to take into consideration when pushing their athletes (Voskanian). Ireland agreed that “Women are not taught to land with their hips over their knees and land on both feet in a coordinated way” (Sullivan). Adolescents suffer from a disproportionate number of ACL injuries when they hit puberty. Females will have to find a way to prevent the injuries they are prone to the …show more content…
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