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You are 6 times more likely than a male athlete to tear you ACL.

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80% of ACL injuries in women result from non-contact.

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ACL surgery requires six to nine months of recovery time.

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Estrogen levels in female athletes produces more relaxed ligaments that are more susceptible to injury.

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Your Q angle is wider than a male athletes and therefore places greater rotational stress on the knee.

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Foot pronation is more pronounced in female athletes leading to rotational stress on the knee.

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Hip weakness in female athletes, particularly in the abductors and external rotators also place increased rotational stress on the knee.

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Weak abdominals often leads to a sway back position that again put the knee under greater rotational stress.

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Quadricep dominate female athletes tend to land straight legged when jumping or cutting which places the knee in an unstable position.

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Knee flexion in female athletes is key to proper absorption of impact and stabilization of the knee joint.

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Your intercondylar notch, the space within your knee where the ACL and posterior cruciate ligaments cross is smaller than in male athletes, thus placing greater stress on your ACL.

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Neuromuscular imbalance in female athletes leads to over reliance on the quadriceps and under utilization of the hamstrings and glutes.

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Internally facing patellas (knee caps) in female athletes may contribute to the rotational stresses placed on their knee joints.

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Hamstrings and gluteal muscles must be strengthened in female athletes to help protect against the forces of rapid deceleration.

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