ACL Injuries in Female Athletes

Nearly a million anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries occur each year worldwide, causing long-term problems in the knee joint. This textbook examines the short- and long-term impacts of ACL injuries on the basis of hundreds of published studies. Risk factors for such injuries are explored using data from hypothesis-driven investigations, and possible causes of the higher risk of noncontact ACL injuries in female athletes are analyzed. Neuromuscular training programs shown to reduce the rate of these injuries in female athletes are described in step-by-step detail with the aid of numerous color photographs and video demonstrations. In addition, detailed descriptions are provided for rehabilitation programs to be used after ACL reconstruction in order to reduce the risk of a future injury. The book will be of value to orthopedic surgeons, physical therapists, athletic trainers, sports medicine primary care physicians, and strength and conditioning specialists.

About Sue Barber-Westin

Sue Barber-Westin has been a member of the Cincinnati Sportsmedicine Research and Education Foundation staff since its establishment in 1985 and serves as Director of Clinical and Applied Studies. She has co-authored over 120 articles in peer-reviewed medical journals and textbooks, focusingon the clinical outcome of various knee operative procedures and on neuromuscular indices in young athletes. Sue is the associate editor, along with editor Dr. Frank Noyes of the orthopaedic textbook, “Noyes Knee Disorders: Surgery, Rehabilitation, Clinical Outcomes” published in 2009. In 2004, Sue and Dr. Noyes were members of the research team that won the Clinical Research Award from the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation, the highest clinical research honor bestowed annually in orthopaedics.