December 6, 2011 Us

Important facts and research…

Significant differences in knee alignment and muscle activation exist between men and women while kicking a soccer ball, according to a study published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery.

When it Comes to Arthritis, it’s Ladies First

The increase in girls participating in sports and the increase of sports injuries, particularly tears to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) of the knee, now tells us that has an increased risk of osteoarthritis(slidgigt), even if it is surgically repaired. This injury is serious and it now shows that one of the more severe side effects of it and the surgeries, is that it heightens the risk of osteoarthritis. One study found that among female soccer players who had sustained ACL injuries, more than half developed x-ray signs of osteoarthritis in the following 12 years.

Part of this article: “When it Comes to Arthritis, it’s Ladies First”

You Kick Like A Girl

New Study Finds Men and Women Use Different Leg and Hip Muscles During Soccer Kick; May Help Explain Higher Risk of ACL Injury in Females..

“Significant differences in knee alignment and muscle activation exist between men and women while kicking a soccer ball, according to a study published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. Data reveals that males activate certain hip and leg muscles more than females during the motion of the instep and side-foot kicks – the most common soccer kicks – which may help explain why female players are more than twice as likely as males to sustain an Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injury.

Soccer is one of the fastest-growing sports in the with approximately 30 million registered players and an annual participation increase of more than 20 percent , according to statistics from FIFA. Women also are playing this sport on more competitive levels. Prior research shows that females are more prone to non-contact ACL injuries than males and though many theories exist, a direct cause for the disparity is unknown.

“By analyzing the detailed motion of a soccer kick in progress, our goal was to home in on some of the differences between the sexes and how they may relate to injury risk.” ”

Part of this article: “You Kick Like A Girl”

Note: Scientist Thomas Bull have done the same motion analysis with both Sensational 1 and the Size 5 football, the results are significant. By changing the size of the football the female players hit the ball lower moving the pressure from the knee to the hip. Very identical to the men’s kicking. This means by using a smaller ball we remove the pressure on the knee. This type of study will a tremendous help when Sensational 1 is going to the US.


Motion Analysis Helps Soccer Players Get Their Kicks

“As soccer continues to grow in popularity, injuries to soccer players are likely to increase as well. Certain injuries fall into gender-based patterns and new research at Hospital for Special Surgery suggests some underlying causes that could help lead to better treatment, or even prevention for present and future soccer stars.

Data presented at this year’s American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine meeting in Keystone, Colo., explores the differences in soccer kick dynamics based on gender. With the use of video motion analysis at the Leon Root Motion Analysis Laboratory at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, researchers were able to examine the dynamics of the kicking motion.

“Prior to this kick study, there had been very little motion analysis to show what was going on during the soccer kick,” said Robert Brophy, M.D., lead investigator and former resident and fellow at Hospital for Special Surgery. “We know that female soccer players face a greater risk of ACL injury and patellofemoral problems and male players are more at risk for sports hernia. We used motion analysis to determine if the two types of players have different alignment and muscle activation that might correlate to the injury patterns.””

Part of this article: “Motion Analysis Helps Soccer Players Get Their Kicks”

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