On Bended Knee

More girls are tearing ligaments in their knees. Here's what they can do to prevent it

Grizzled old jocks sitting around the training room comparing war stories and showing off battle scars are as familiar in organized sports as jockstraps and body odor. Today, however, with female sports participation at an all-time high (2.5 million high school girls and 145,000 college women will compete this year), the athletes telling war stories are more likely to have smooth faces and wear sports bras. The injuries have also changed. One in particular has sports doctors worried.

It's a knee injury--damage to the anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL. As increasing numbers of young women lace up their cleats and head...

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