MSN Health and Fitness—July 10, 2009
New research might help future generations of soccer players stay injury-free.
The findings show that compared to women, males have more activation in the hip flexors of their kicking leg and in their hip abductors of the supporting leg. The knee of the supporting leg in females assumes more of a knock-kneed position, which puts more stress on the outside of the knee joint and can lead to an increased likelihood of ACL injuries.
Future Mia Hamms and David Beckhams should breathe a sigh of relief. We’re one step closer to better treatment and prevention for knee injuries in future soccer stars.