By:Women Who Like Sport
I’ve played football since I was five years old and over the years I’ve seen a ridiculous number of women and girls sidelined for months, or even had their careers ended altogether, because of knee injuries. In particular, their anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). The ACL is a band of tissue that connects the femur (thigh) to the tibia (shin) at the patella (knee). It allows the lower leg to move back and forth, so without it you wouldn’t be able sit down or stand up (well, at least not very successfully).
ACL injuries make up 40% of all sports injuries and surgery to reconstruct a torn ACL could mean anything from six months to over a year out. But there is no guarantee the surgery will allow you to play sport again . . .
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Bio: I ask you why is only 5% of sports media coverage in the UK devoted to women? It's a question I've often asked during my time as a sports journalist. I'm yet to be given a answer worth accepting. Women Who Like Sport is for those who want to know more about the millions of women in sport across the globe, breaking barriers and defying stereotypes regardless of their gender, ability, race, sexuality or religion. Jessica Cieghton, @