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Female ACL Injuries: Why do they occur? How can we prevent?


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Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries are one of the most common sports medicine injuries, particularly in the female athlete. Dr. Suzanne Miller discusses why they are so common, and how they can be prevented.

Target Audience

This educational program is designed for physicians, fellows, residents, and other health professionals interested in expanding their knowledge base and expertise in sports medicine and ACL injuries.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify why ACL injuries are so common in the female athlete
  • Discuss prevention strategies


Dr. Miller is a consultant for Stryker, investor in Parcus.

None of the other individuals in a position to control the content of this activity including planners and CME Committee members, faculty presenters, moderators/facilitators, panelists, and reviewers have any relevant financial relationships with an ACCME defined commercial interest to disclose.

Content Validation

The CME Department has reviewed the content associated with this activity to ensure it contains no commercial interests or material in which the speaker has declared a relevant financial relationship. Clinical recommendations are based on best available evidence and meet CME content validation expectations. This CME Activity has received no commercial support or other funding.

AMA Credit Designation Statement

New England Baptist Hospital designates this enduring material for a maximum of  0.25  AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Accreditation Statement

New England Baptist Hospital is accredited by the Massachusetts Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


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What Is the Most Effective Training Approach for Preventing Noncontact ACL Injuries in High School-Aged Female Athletes?
J Sport Rehabil. 2018 Jul 16:1-5

Release Date: 2/2/2016
Renewed: 8/1/2018; 9/1/2021
Expires: 9/1/2024

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