Preventing ACL Injuries in Female Athletes

September 25, 2014 Brigham and Women's Hospital

Elizabeth Matzkin, MD

Since the passage of Title IX in 1972, there has been a dramatic increase in female athletic participation. There also has been a corresponding increase in the number of female athletes experiencing injuries. Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries are of particular concern in women.

Elizabeth G. Matzkin, MD, Surgical Director of the Women’s Sports Medicine Program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Team Physician for Stonehill College Athletics, explains why female athletes are at greater risk for ACL injuries. Though ACL reconstruction surgery can repair these injuries in the short term, many women may face an increased risk of arthritis in their knees as they age.

In this video, Dr. Matzkin advises female athletes on how they can reduce their risk of ACL injuries through proper training.


Learn more about staying healthy while participating in sports:

- Jamie R.
Previous Article
Food Allergy – Advancing Care and Knowledge

Researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) and throughout the world...

Next Article
What’s Your Number? What You Need to Know about Cholesterol

September is Cholesterol Education Month, a good time to learn more about...