High-school and collegiate age women are 3–4 times more likely to suffer anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries than do men competing in the same sports. A growing body of evidence stemming from long-term follow-up studies indicates that ACL injury increases risk for secondary injury such as meniscal tears, and osteoarthritis, which occurs at a greater rate in individuals with ACL-deficient and ACL-reconstructed knees. These biological consequences of ACL injury, the financial implications of management of ACL injury for surgery and rehabilitation of ACL reconstruction, and psychosocial costs, such as loss of time in sport participation and decreased academic achievement, have spurred the recent advancement of ACL injury prevention programs.
University Orthopedics has designed a sport-performance and ACL injury prevention program to help decrease the risk factors that are theorized to contribute to the increased incidence of ACL injury in female athletes.
This program is modeled after successful programs around the country, which are detailed along with information on the ACL injury epidemic in female athletes on the following slide.