ACL Injuries & Females

ACL INJURIES: Why Female Soccer Players Are At Greater Risk & What You Can Do

ACL Injuries & Females

The risk that females have of injuring their Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) will always be of concern no matter if you are a player, coach or spectator of the game. We all want to see players injury free and seek the best information for how to keep players healthy while on the pitch. Fact not fiction: females are more prone to ACL injury than their male counterpart,  according to research studies in the last 10 years. 

Here are prevention tips on how to reduce the risk of knee injuries for soccer players from John Gallucci Jr., MLS Medical Coordinator and medical analyst for coverage of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015.  

The prevalence of Anterior Cruciate Ligament tears in athletics has become an epidemic, especially when we are talking about the female athlete population. It has become common place to cringe when we, as athletes, parents, coaches or health care professionals watch a female athlete go down holding their knee.

In the United States alone, studies have shown that upwards of 80,000 high school aged, female athletes will suffer from an ACL injury, with most of those injuries occurring in soccer and basketball.