Girls, Sports, and Knee Injuries

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A lot of girls are playing sports and that’s a great thing, but one of the problems with the extra sports is the fact that there is an increase in knee injuries.  Women have more lax ligaments.  That’s because during the entire process of delivering babies it’s essential to be able to spread the hips, to relax, and to have a child go through the birth canal.  The same thing that helps in delivering babies is problematic when it comes to injuries, especially in the knee, because those ligaments, like the anterior cruciate ligament, they’re more likely to stretch and to tear.

 

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Flexibility and Strengthening Muscles

Flexibility and Strengthening Muscles

Flexibility can be a good and bad thing. Certainly, it helps. It helps in a woman when she’s going to have a baby. It helps with the joints, the ligaments and the tendons over time. It keeps you from being stressed. However, the problem with flexibility is it also can make you more likely to have a knee injury or a problem associated with it. Flexibility needs to be controlled, in a sense. In other words, you can stretch, which is good for you, but you have to strengthen the muscles. If you strengthen the muscles around particular joints that are very flexible, you increase their stability and strength and you decrease the chances of some sort of ligament tear.

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Preventing Ligament Tears

Preventing Ligament Tears

Ligament tears can occur in anybody in any situation, but in women athletes it occurs quite often because you’re stretching or extending the ligaments. When you do that, that stretching with the flexibility can actually cause pain. Ligament tears can cause long-term excruciating pain. If you’re able to stretch and strengthen the muscle groups around the ligament, you have a better chance of avoiding these problems. That’s why conditioning is such a key for women in athletics.

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Women and Risk of Knee Injuries

Women and Risk of Knee Injuries

We are seeing a growing number of knee injuries in female athletes as females play sports that are more aggressive and require more turning, twisting and changing. The actual injuries can occur, and when they occur, it can cause problems with strength and flexibility. One of the issues is a woman has more joint laxity. As a result, when she moves or shifts, there actually can be a shift in increased pressure on the tendons and ligaments. With that pressure can come stretching and ultimately knee injuries.

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