Study: Gender Could Influence Likelihood of Dominant Leg ACL InjuryWritten by Laura Miller | August 03, 2010
Gender could influence likelihood of ACL injuries in the dominant leg, according to a study done by researchers from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and the Santa Monica Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Research Foundation, according to an article published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.
The article, titled "Gender Influences: the role of leg dominance in ACL injury among soccer players," discusses the study in which participants in the study included 41 male and 52 female soccer players at the professional, college, high school and youth levels who had undergone surgery for a complete ACL tear. The injuries were evenly distributed between left and right legs.
The study found that slightly more than half of the injuries occurred in the athlete's dominant leg, usually the right leg. However, 74 percent of males incurred injuries to their dominant leg while 32.3 percent of females received dominant leg injuries. Researchers concluded this discrepancy could result from gender-based anatomical differences as well as differences in neuromuscular patterns when kicking.
Read the "Gender Influences: the role of leg dominance in ACL injury among soccer players" abstract.
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