The surge in ACL and other muscle injuries among women's football players, exemplified by the recent unfortunate case of Sam Kerr tearing her ACL, has raised concerns within the sporting community. Several factors contribute to the heightened prevalence of such injuries in women's football. One key element is the increasing intensity and competitiveness of the women's game.
As the sport continues to grow in popularity and professionalism, athletes are pushed to their physical limits, engaging in faster-paced matches and more rigorous training regimens. The elevated demand for speed, agility, and strength places additional stress on players' bodies, making them more susceptible to injuries like ACL tears.
Another factor that has been identified is the unique biomechanics and physiology of female athletes. Women generally have a higher predisposition to ACL injuries compared to their male counterparts, a phenomenon attributed to anatomical and hormonal differences. The wider hips and smaller knee joint in females may create an increased angle at the knee, potentially leading to a higher risk of ACL injuries.
Whilst we all want to see the women’s side of The Beautiful Game grow, it seems to be coming at a cost to the players, which we are hoping will decrease in the near-future.
One of the key ways in which they hope to alleviate this issue, is for girl footballers to begin playing at a younger age, something which is commonplace in men’s football. With that being said, our Wildcats programme had their second session this past Monday which has been great to witness.