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ERIC Number: EJ999726
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Oct-25
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1557-5411
THE "X" FACTOR: Why Female Athletes Have a Higher Rate of ACL Injury than Their Male Counterparts
Washington, James
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, v29 n19 p16-17 Oct 2012
Sports have become an integral part of the developmental experience of many of today's youth. Since the implementation of Title IX, more young girls and women have begun to play sports and see those sports as a possible career path. Tennis, basketball and soccer all have professional sports leagues for women, and many more sports offer women the ability to pursue their dreams through the highest levels of competition like swimming, gymnastics, track and field, volleyball, etc. However, this increased participation in athletics has come with an increase in sports injuries. One injury in particular has been troublesome for women--the torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). While many male athletes have torn their ACLs, it may come as a surprise that women are anywhere from four to ten times more likely to suffer from the debilitating injury than their male counterparts. This propensity toward torn ACLs in women has become a problem that has exploded over the past years as sports medicine and training have caught up to the number of participants. In this article, the author discusses why female athletes have a higher rate of ACL injury than their male counterparts.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Education Amendments 1972; Title IX Education Amendments 1972