Dr. Hacker shares if women are more likely than men to experience anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries.
Yes, this seems to be true. There seems to be as much as an eight-fold higher incidence of ACL injuries in women than there are in men, and the thought is that this may have some relationship to the women’s female cycle, monthly fluctuation in hormones, and that it’s unclear exactly where in the cycle this occurs, but certainly women are at a higher rate of injury with as many as one out of every ten women involved in collegiate athlete, collegiate sports sustaining an ACL tear.
About Dr. Hacker, M.D., M.S.:
Dr. Hacker specializes in sports medicine, both on and off the field. Dr. Hacker completed extensive training in bioengineering at both the undergraduate and graduate level, and was given a Regent's Fellowship as well as a National Science Foundation Honorable Mention for his work. He completed a Master's Thesis in Engineering on the properties of meniscal tissue in addition to multiple projects including pioneering research in ACL healing and repair. He then served as director of the Coutts Institute in San Diego, a leading center for Orthopaedic research. Dr. Hacker completed an orthopedic research fellowship studying the ability to grow and transplant cartilage.