Are ACL injuries more common in women? The answer is yes. When compared to men, women put greater stress on their knees as a result of differences in biomechanics. The space for ACL movement is more limited in women than in men, due to a narrower notch. Within this restricted space, the femoral condyles can more easily pinch the ACL which can lead to its rupture (or tear).
Here’s some statistics you may not know:
- Women are 2-8x more likely to injure their ACL
- The ACL is responsible for 90% of knee stability
- 50% of ACL injuries effect other parts of the knee
Check out this infographic to learn more: