Nearly a million anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries occur each year worldwide. Such injuries can cause long-term problems in the knee joint, including in particular the early onset of osteoarthritis. It has been evident for some time that a tremendous gender disparity exists in noncontact ACL injuries in sports, and this aspect has been the subject of intensive research.
This textbook, focusing on female athletes, reviews and discusses:
The short- and long-term impacts of ACL injuriesRisk factors and possible causes of the higher injury risk in femalesNeuromuscular training programs and their effectiveness in reducing noncontact ACL injury rates in femalesSports-specific programs for a range of sports with proven improvements in athletic performanceRehabilitation programs after ACL reconstruction that reduce the risk of a future injuryWorldwide implementation of neuromuscular retraining
The book will be of value to orthopedic surgeons, physical therapists, athletic trainers, sports medicine primary care physicians, and strength and conditioning specialists.