Why are women athletes more likely than men to tear the ACL?
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It is true that we see an increasing number of knee injuries in female athletes, especially in those who participate in basketball, soccer and volleyball.
The ACL is one of the four major ligaments of the knee and acts as a stabilizer between the thigh (femur) and the shin (tibia), restraining forward motion of the shin. Females who perform jumping, cutting and pivoting sports are 3 to 8 times more likely to tear the ACL than their male counterparts.