Commonwealth Orthopaedics: ACL Injuries in Females

09.12.2013 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness


Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, suffered an ACL tear last season during a wildcard game against the Seattle Seahawks. He has spent the last 8 months recovering, but appeared in the Redskins season opener against the Philadelphia Eagles and is back for the season! Everyone should be aware of how to prevent these sort of injuries, and our friends at Commonwealth Orthopedics reveal more information on ACL injuries and preventative measures you can take...

ACL injuries are approximately 4-6 times greater in females compared to males. The female soccer player has the highest risk for ACL injury. With the increase in the understanding as to why the female athlete is at greater risk, prevention programs have been developed to help prevent ACL injury in the female athlete.

Assessment of jump mechanics (having the athlete drop from a one-foot-high box and explode into a jump when landing from the box) can be used to identify the at-risk female athlete.

It is important to teach females to use their knees as a “hinge” rather than a “ball and socket” to avoid injury. Improving muscle strength in both legs (plyometrics), improving agility and position sense also known as proprioception as well as core strengthening all help to prevent ACL injury.

In fact, core strengthening surprisingly is one of the most important aspects to prevent ACL injury.  To view a video on ACL injuries in females by Dr. Lawhorn click here.

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By Dr. Lawhorn, MD;Commonwealth Orthopaedics

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