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Female skiers likelier to injure non-dominant knee

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Women skiers are more likely than men to injure a knee while skiing, and a new study shows they are about twice as likely to have that injury occur to their non-dominant leg, often the left one. The study did not go so far as to explain these inequalities, but Dr. Robert Johnson, a sports medicine physician at the University of Vermont College of Medicine said it could be caused “by a whole herd of issues.”

“Anatomy, strength patterns, muscle patterns, wider pelvis…it all adds up. It’s not just one factor,” said Johnson, who was not involved in the research.

Earlier studies have shown that women are twice as likely as men to hurt a knee during downhill ski crashes, and three times as likely to tear the knee’s anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL.

Gerhard Ruedl, lead author of the new study and a researcher at the University of Innsbruck in Austria, said he was interested in looking at whether women’s knee troubles had to do with leg dominance. Read full story here courtesy of Medlin Plus.


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