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Knee and Ankle Injuries in Women’s Basketball

Depending on which study you read, female athletes may be 3-11 times more likely that male athletes to suffer an ACL injury from sports. This is particularly in soccer, volleyball, and basketball. It’s unclear if this type of injury has a potential of impacting a female athlete’s professional career in a sport like the WNBA. McCarthy et al, in the April issue of the American Journal of Sports Medicine, have a fascinating study looking at Women’s National Basketball Association players....

Hamstring strength, landing mechanics, and ACL injuries

Female athletes are significantly more at risk for ACL injuries than male athletes. Depending upon the study you read it could be as much as 11-18 times more likely. There are a number of theories about this such as hormonal differences impacting the strength of the ligaments and width of the female pelvis impacting the knees. For a while now, there has been the suggestion that one of the culprits may be the hamstrings combined with landing mechanics during jumping....

Female ACL Injuries: No Smoking Gun?

Basketball is an extremely popular sport with males and females.  As has been documented extensively, female athletes are more prone to ACL tears (particularly in basketball) than male athletes.  The literature theorizes that there are a number of reasons for this; knee angle resulting from wider pelvis, hormones, landing mechanics, lack of hamstring strength, and lack of a strength training background.   Noyes et al (2012) studied 57 female high school basketball players and the effects of a three days/week,...

The Squat Exercise, Part 2: Dangers

We’ve probably all heard that squats are bad for the knees. This all comes from a classic study done in the 1960’s by a professor at the University of Texas named Karl Klein that looked at the impact of the “deep squat” exercise on the knees. The deep squat exercise (in his study) is where the athlete squats all the way down until the hamstrings touch the calves. In that study he compared the knees of weightlifters (perform the deep...