There are many reasons why female athletes are at a higher risk for ACL injury. Some contributing factors cannot be changed, such as:

  • ACL size being smaller
  • A smaller notch for the ACL
  • Hormonal changes causing increased laxity during menstruation.

However, there are other risk factors that can be addressed, such as:

  • Shoe wear
  • Quadriceps vs hamstring strength
  • Core control during dynamic activities
  • Landing from jump with good form
  • Strengthening the hip and core muscles
  • …and many more

Any questions on how to decrease your risk for an ACL tear? Schedule an evaluation at JGPT today.