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      WSL clubs to take part in ACL injury research

      2024/04/30 13:54

      A new three-year project has been launched to address the alarming frequency of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries in women's football.

      Named "Project ACL", this collaborative project involves FIFPro, Leeds Beckett University, the Professional Footballers’ Association, and Nike, all contributing expertise and funding.

      The research will concentrate on players in the Women's Super League in England, aiming to devise strategies for reducing ACL injuries, which statistically occur at a rate two to six times higher in women than in men.

      Studies indicate that about two-thirds of ACL injuries in women's football happen without any physical contact.

      The investigation will analyse various factors such as workload, training facilities, travel loads, environmental conditions, and the potential influence of female-specific football footwear.

      Several high prolife players have suffered from ACL injuries in recent years, underlining the urgency of addressing this issue.

      England captain Leah Williamson missed the 2023 Women's World Cup due to an ACL injury, while former Ballon d'Or winner Alexia Putellas was sidelined from Euro 2022 for the same reason. 

      Recent ACL injuries have also affected players like Arsenal's Beth Mead and Vivianne Miedema, as well as Chelsea's Sam Kerr.


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      2024-04-30 15h40m by ocollinsworth
      As a football fan, I'm glad to see steps being taken to address the high rate of ACL injuries in women's football. This new project,
      2024-04-30 15h27m by omitchellsonjones
      As a football fan, it's great to see Project ACL being launched to address the high number of ACL injuries in women's football. It's shocking to hear that these injuries occur at a much higher rate in women compared to men. I hope this research will lead to practical strategies that can reduce these injuries and make the game safer for female players. Kudos to FIFPro, Leeds Beckett University, the Professional Footballers' Association, and Nike for their collaboration and investment in this important
      2024-04-30 14h59m by awalkerson7
      As a football fan, I'm so glad to hear about Project ACL! Women's football deserves just as much attention and resources as men's, and this project shows a commitment to improving the safety and well-being of female players. ACL injuries are such a common and devastating occurrence, and I hope this research will lead to tangible solutions and prevention methods.
      2024-04-30 14h30m by sjacksons_9_2_1
      Wow, this is such an important project! It's great to see organizations like FIFPro, Leeds Beckett University, PFA, and Nike coming together to address this issue. As a football fan, it's concerning to hear that ACL injuries occur at a higher rate in women's football. Hopefully, this research will lead to strategies that can reduce these injuries and keep players safe on the field.


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