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Knee injuries

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The changes that could fix AFLW's ACL problem

Whilst there's some good points here, this article mainly seems like a push by this writer to make the women's game professional so I'm not entirely convinced by her opinion piece.

Given the spate of injuries though, questions must be asked whether women's bodies are built for the rigors of football currently.
Fact is many of these girls have not grown up playing Australian Rules footy. Does that matter?..
Have the muscles in their legs developed around the knee sufficiently to deal with the amount of twisting/turning & impact required? Are they anatomically built for the game?

These are hard questions that likely won't get asked because most people are too afraid of the backlash. I'll no doubt have someone howl at me for asking them here.
However the spate of knee injuries in AFLW is the elephant in the room & someone needs to get to the bottom of it by asking why.
 
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The Big Richo

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Everyone is asking why, the problem is the truth is we rarely have any idea why any ACL occurs, in men or women.

I watched a player do an ACL in the preseason last year doing nothing he hadn't done a million times before. We went over and over the tapes of every time he moved that way and couldn't come up with a thing.

In the case of the women it could be about strength or conditioning, it could be about hip to knee ratios, it could be because they are not used to the sport and the movements required, it could even be a weakness from the worst sport for knees in netball.

Basically at this point we are gathering data and doing a lot of finger crossing.
 

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Is there anything in the idea of hard summer grounds contributing to the injury?
Of course it should follow that men's footy has a higher rate of ACL during summer training on the hard summer grounds.
 

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Is there anything in the idea of hard summer grounds contributing to the injury?
Of course it should follow that men's footy has a higher rate of ACL during summer training on the hard summer grounds.
There was some thinking around this a few years ago when there seemed to be an increase in games in WA.

Penetrometer tests generally showed the grounds were no harder than places like Marvel though so the thinking went to it possibly being something to do with the types of turf on the grounds. Over time though the prevalence of injuries settled to be comparable to other places anyway.

The person who works out why knee injuries occur is going to be one rich individual.
 
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tigerdell

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thanks.
The AFLW grounds in summertime would be harder than the docklands /WA grounds in June.... depends when the tests were done.
Though I have no information or training, so its unlikely that I will be that rich individual.
They may not even become rich, as the information would get out. But they would definitely get an exercise named after them -> the Hilfintompler squat that builds stronger knees and prevents ACL injuries
 

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The AFLW grounds in summertime would be harder than the docklands /WA grounds in June.... depends when the tests were done.
I assume they follow the same procedure as the AFL does, prior to the game the penetrometer readings from x points around the ground have to be within a certain range. In the March Cup at regional areas the AFL will monitor the ground for a long period before to make sure it is watered enough to get the readings right.
 
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It's not an AFL-based issue. It is fact that women have a much higher rate of ACL injuries in sport full stop. 70% of ACL injuries are apparently non-contact based. For this reason I believe it is to do with body makeup. I'm not sure there is a solution. Just have to accept that a certain percentage of women, like men, will sustain an ACL injury playing sport.
 
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