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the story of an invisible girl
Bones and Icons
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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.


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).
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