[Cruciate ligament injuries under gender aspects]

Sportverletz Sportschaden. 2011 Dec;25(4):235-40. doi: 10.1055/s-0031-1281708. Epub 2011 Dec 12.
[Article in German]


An injury of cruciate ligament is one the most common knee injuries. This accident happens mostly without external impact and towards the end of training and competition sessions. Women, especially athletes playing team sports ball games such as soccer or disciplines such as tennis, are affected 2 to 8 times more often than men. Anatomic, biomechanical and endocrinological differences are currently discussed as potential risk factors. In terms of prevention, biomechanical impact is of greatest importance given its influenceability through various training opportunities. Training programs including endurance aspects, strengthening knee musculature, balance as well as plyometric trainings were most effective. Further studies should focus more on concomitants of course of injuries.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament / physiopathology*
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injuries*
  • Athletic Injuries / physiopathology*
  • Athletic Injuries / prevention & control*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Sex Factors