This section of my website used to be dedicated to triathlon training, personal race results and certification reviews, like Turbo Kick. I am expanding it to include more generic health & fitness topics. Also, I talk a lot about "D" -- he's my husband (Dave Liu)!

Friday, June 13, 2003

Women More Prone to ACL Injuries

Hubby was the one who told me about ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) injuries. It comes from landing "funny" (usually after jumping), causing your knee to twist. You'll know if/when you damage your ACL because it hurts like mickey. It requires surgery to correct, commonly by replacing the ACL with the patella tendon. Recovery is long, paintful, and involves a lot of physiotherapy.

I've long associated with ACL injuries with basketball and football (a lot of NBA and NFL players suffer from them), so I was surprised to see the results of research suggesting that female athletes are more prone to ACL injuries. The article doesn't really prescribe a solution, other than to underscore the importance of "gender-based training", whatever that means.

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