ACL Injury Prevention in Female Athletes

ACL injury prevention in female athletes has been a hot topic in not just the Orthopaedic community but the Strength and Conditioning community as well. Research has shown us that females are 2-8 times more likely to injure their ACL and that number becomes even greater for non contact injuries. In a study published in The American Journal of Sports Medicine done by the Santa Monica Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Research Foundation that explored the effectiveness of the Prevent Injury and Enhance Performance (PEP) program (developed by the foundation) a proper warm-up, stretching, strengthening, and sport-specific agility program can decrease ACL injuries in collegiate female soccer players.

Significant findings include:
Athletes on teams using the PEP Program suffered no ACL injuries during practice, compared to six injuries among other teams.  Among athletes with a history of ACL injury who used the program, none experienced non contact ACL injuries, compared to four injuries among other players with a similar history.In the second half of the season, athletes using the PEP program reported no ACL injuries, while other athletes experienced five injuries.

What this tells us:
Females athletes have special needs outside of their male counterparts and should not be trained the same way.  Females are often neglected (specially in many High School setting) and do not get the attention many male athletes (football specifically)get on a daily basis

Their are solutions for you if you are a female athlete.
At Athlete’s Arena, we pride ourselves on the fact that we have had no female (or male) athletes injure their ACL’s from a non-contact injury. We have recently implemented the Hop and Stop test (which identifies those athletes at risk for an ACL injury)and are in the process of developing programs with the help of the local Sports Medicine community that can help prevent these injuries to our athletes.

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