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TEAM PHYSICIAN’S CORNER

DISPELLING THE MYTHS
OF GENDER-SPECIFIC
SPORTS INJURIES

ELIZABETH A. ARENDT, MD IN THE LAST DECADE, EPIDEMIOLOGIC
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery STUDIES HAVE EMERGED CONCERNING
University of Minnesota GENDER-SPECIFIC DIFFERENCES in the incidence of
Minneapolis, Minnesota
noncontact anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury. Though the incidence
of this injury within the sporting population is small, it has significant
economic and social implications, including the potential effect on the
future health of the knee. While the intensity and duration of sporting
activities have changed over time, the incidence of this injury seems to
have remained stable throughout the last decade.

The continuing challenge in sports medicine, and in the human
pursuit to remain athletic and active, is to reduce injury risk. The key to
injury prevention is to identify sports injury risk factors and formulate
intervention programs to reduce and/or manage the risk. This has been

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