S139| Volume 24, SUPPLEMENT 1, S22-S23, November 2021

Characterising Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injury Situations in the Women’s Australian Football League (AFLW)

      Background: An early trend from the Women’s Australian Football League (AFLW) is the high rate of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries. AFLW players are up to nine times more likely to suffer an ACL injury compared to male Australian Football League players. Considering the significant short- and long- term consequences following ACL injuries the alarming rate of these injuries must be addressed in the AFLW. Understanding injuries within their sporting context is important to develop effective injury prevention strategies, yet there is currently little knowledge of how ACL injuries occur to AFLW players. This study determined the common scenarios and characteristics of ACL injuries in the AFLW.
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