ACL injuries, or an injury of the anterior cruciate ligament, is an injury that affects female soccer players far more often than male soccer players. In fact, female competitors experience these injuries at 2.8 times more frequently. However, strength training, particularly training that builds the muscles that stabilize the knee area can help prevent such injuries. Ideally, the exercises used should work in different planes of motion, because soccer is a game that requires shifting to different planes of motion. Some exercises that can prove beneficial include, The Eccentric Single-Leg Romanian Dead Lift, The Lateral Lunge, Lateral Bounding, The Set-Up Lunge and The Core Anti-Rotation.
“However, just because females are more susceptible to ACL injury does not mean we’re powerless against them.”