Fatigue Facilitates ACL Injury

Published in the July 16, 2008 issue of TheDoctorWillSeeYouNow.com

By Jordana Bieze Foster


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Fatigue: It's what happens if an athlete cuts corners on conditioning or starts a race too fast. It can come between an athlete and a new personal best.

But research from the University of Michigan also suggests that fatigued athletes are far more vulnerable to an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear, one of the most devastating sports injuries. Not only are tired muscles and joints unable to perform properly, but mental fatigue can delay reaction times--which can be critical when defending a quick-footed opponent or navigating a stretch of unfamiliar terrain. This is particularly important for female athletes, whose risk of ACL injury is up to eight times that of their male counterparts.

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