ACL INJURIES IN WOMEN
Dr. Michael Gross says studies have shown ACL injuries are much more common in women than men. Among athletes of equivalent athleticism in non-contact sports, female players are eight times more likely to tear their ACL. The difference has to do with the way the female body aligns itself while running or jumping.
For the most part, people can’t do much to prevent ACL injuries beyond strengthening the muscles of the leg and core. But Gross notes that a California orthopedic surgeon named Bert Mandelbaum (under whom Gross has studied) has reported some success in conditioning female athletes to land differently when they exercise.