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Bones and Icons
My sister and I were driving somewhere the other day, and she said that I must not have very good ligaments. After all, I've torn not just one but two ACL's now. I said that perhaps not, but I have Bones of Steel. I have never broken a bone in my entire life.

She said that's not so unusual. I believe it is, that most adults have broken a bone at least once. Even if it's just a finger or something. We bickered for awhile without agreeing, so I decided to try to prove it. Hence, a poll!

But first, on a completely different subject: I made myself a new "skater" icon. I've replaced my previous one (black background, bright-colored line drawing of a skater doing a spiral, remember?) for now, but I'm not sure if I should keep it. My previous one was much larger and clearer, plus it was just a very pretty picture. This one's main advantage is that, although small, it is actually me. It's this year's ending pose, taken at our first competition. It's nice, but it's not very clear, plus my scarf is caught on one shoulder. It's a pretty dress, but can you even tell I'm on ice skates? So I'm curious what you think.

Okay, here we go....

Have you ever, in all your life, broken a bone?

Never. Bones of Steel, baby!
28(57.1%)
Yes, but just one.
11(22.4%)
Yes, two (either two bones or two times, same bone).
5(10.2%)
Yes, more than two....owie!
5(10.2%)

Which skater icon should I use?

The previous one
5(11.1%)
This new one
21(46.7%)
I don't remember the previous one, so use this.
14(31.1%)
Use both, and get rid of some other icon (indicate which in comments)
5(11.1%)
Neither, stop it with the skating icons already!
0(0.0%)

Here is your chance to express your opinion without radio buttons!

Tell me a random fact about yourself (please?)

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Comments
fls From: fls Date: January 20th, 2004 10:02 am (UTC) (Link)
I was under the impression that ACL injuries in athletic women were rather common, and had little to do with bone or ligament strength. I'm pretty sure I read a story in Sports Illustrated some years ago talking about the angle of women's hips and thighs into their knees making the area particularly prone to injury (this on the heels of a second or third Tennessee women's basketball player blowing out their ACL).

I also think recalling that women skier's just assume that they'll blow a knee ligament at some point. Strangely, female tennis players don't seem to have this problem.

YMMV.

Aaaand while I'm here, the only thing that ever really helped my one and only case of tennis elbow (which was probably brought on by age, since nothing else changed) was not playing tennis. Bands and glucosamine helped a little, but it really was taking the time off that did it.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: January 21st, 2004 10:50 am (UTC) (Link)
Interesting, that's good to know. Somebody else said that a woman's "time of the month" affects the ligament's pliability too...

I'll be able to take time off after March, when the season ends.
swerve From: swerve Date: January 21st, 2004 03:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
fls is right: a woman's pelvis is wider, so the angle down from hip joint to knee is much greater than the same line on men, so yes, women are more prone to knee injury. When I hit puberty and grew hips overnight, I had to learn to ski differently to handle my body and to avoid injury.

But it hasn't stopped women with figures from doing fantastic sports (Svetlana Boginskaya for example, shown in 1988-ish).
swerve From: swerve Date: January 21st, 2004 03:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Mostly Bones of Steel. The one bone I've broken was the middle bone of the second toe, and I did that while absentmindedly and gently kicking a swinging cabinet door as a teenager. Duh.

Meanwhile, I got pitched into the dirt off horseback, tumbled through snow fencing on one ski with a tight binding, and caught a baseball with my face, among other stupid accidents, and nothing broke. I was lucky.

OH. And I also had my fingers (all four) slammed in a car door (twice) and didn't break any of them either time. Go figure.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: January 22nd, 2004 07:22 am (UTC) (Link)
Wow, that's weird! Maybe your second toe is like your achilles heal, the only weak bone in your body.
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