Female Sports Injuries Soar

Athletes getting hurt at higher rate than men, research finds
Sharon Kirkey, Canwest News Service
Published: Saturday, August 02, 2008
The Windsor Star

An ACL is a tiny ligament the size of a pinky that stabilizes the knee. When it ruptures or tears — and Michael Sokolove prefers the word rupture “because it just sort of disintegrates and turns into mush” — it is about the worst orthopedic injury short of being in a car crash, he says.

There is usually pain, sometimes a lot, and a sound of a “pop” so loud others on the field can sometimes hear it. It requires complicated reconstructive surgery and six to nine months, or more, of rehab. More…