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5 Tips to Avoid ACL Injuries in Women


In honor of Women’s Health Week, Dr. Sabrina Strickland, Sports Medicine Surgeon, offers tips to help avoid a common injury.

“Women are extremely ‘prone’ to ACL injures. The risks are up to 8-10 times the risks for men. Surprisingly most of these injuries do not involve contact but are rather twisting injures or even a misstep,” says Dr. Strickland

Here are 5 recommendations from Dr. Strickland on how to avoid an ACL injury:

1. Get in great shape before you play a cutting sport such as basketball or soccer. There are specific exercises that teach you how to jump and land in a good position.

2. Wear the correct shoes for your sport. There is a reason that there is specific footwear for different sports and playing surfaces.

3. Don’t play tired. Fatigued athletes have a much higher injury rate.

4. Before ski season make sure bindings are functional and set to your weight and skill level.

5. Be especially wary if you have injured your ACL before. Risk of another ACL rupture is much higher in both knees after suffering an ACL tear even after you have had surgical repair.

Dr. Strickland adds, “ACL injuries are treated on an individual basis. Depending on activity level, goals of sports participation and knee stability, options for treatment range from physical therapy to reconstruction.”

Dr. Sabrina Strickland, sports medicine surgeonDr. Sabrina Strickland is an orthopedic surgeon at Hospital for Special Surgery’s Women’s Sports Medicine Center and at the HSS Stamford office, where she treats both male and female patients. Her research has focused on anterior cruciate ligament injuries in women, as well as rotator cuff repair and shoulder instability.

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