Thursday, September 24, 2009

Training May Cut Risk Factors For Knee Injury

“Female athletes are at greater risk of a potentially serious knee ligament injury than their male counterparts -- but a fairly simple training regimen might help reduce those odds, a small study suggests. The injury in question affects the knee's anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL. ACL tears are common in certain sports and are a particular threat to female athletes -- who have four to six times the risk of their male counterparts in the same sport. In the new study, Korean researchers found that among 22 high school basketball players they followed, girls who followed the training regimen for eight weeks showed changes in jumping ability that could lower their odds of tearing the ACL. The researchers, led by Dr. Bee-Oh Lim of Seoul National University, report the findings in the American Journal of Sports Medicine.”

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