"Did they do the same study in men? asked Dr. Christopher D. Harner, professor of orthopaedic surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. "If not, how do they know this is a gender issue?"
Given the incidence of ACL injuries among women, orthopedists urge women athletes to take steps to prevent ligament tears from occurring. The AAOS recommends year-round training and conditioning, including strength training and practicing performing proper landing and cutting maneuvers.
One other bit of advice for the weekend warrior: "Make sure you're ready to do that sport," Ireland cautioned. "I see a lot of women in their 30s and 40s, who haven't been that active, go out and ski and tear their ACL."
The AAOS has more on the ACL and preventing injuries.
SOURCES: Diane L. Dahm, M.D., assistant professor, orthopedics, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.; Mary Lloyd Ireland, M.D., president, Kentucky Sports Medicine Clinic, Lexington; Christopher D. Harner, M.D., professor, orthopaedic surgery, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine; American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Rosemont, Ill.