[Women's soccer. Injuries, risks, and prevention]

Orthopade. 2005 May;34(5):448-53. doi: 10.1007/s00132-005-0789-6.
[Article in German]


Women's soccer participation is becoming a trend in sport. With increasing number of licensed female soccer players, there is also an increase in sport specific injuries. This fact has socioeconomic importance. The larger pelvic bone leading to an increased internal rotation of the femur, the narrower intercondylar notch as well as the unfavorable strength ratio of the hamstrings vs. the quadriceps muscle lead to an increased risk for injuries of the anterior cruciate ligament in female soccer.Several studies showed that intervention programs based on neuromuscular or proprioceptive training or intensive strengthening of the hamstrings can reduce the incidence of injuries. Moreover, the importance of sufficient rehabilitation after injuries has to be emphasized, as the reoccurrence of injury is high.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injuries*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Internationality
  • Leg Injuries / epidemiology*
  • Leg Injuries / prevention & control*
  • Leg Injuries / rehabilitation
  • Multiple Trauma / epidemiology*
  • Multiple Trauma / prevention & control*
  • Multiple Trauma / rehabilitation
  • Physical Education and Training / methods*
  • Prevalence
  • Risk Assessment / methods*
  • Risk Factors
  • Soccer / injuries*
  • Soccer / statistics & numerical data*
  • Soccer / trends
  • Women's Health