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ACL Tears in Active Females

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The ACL has become a problem….

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Or rather, the increased rate of injuries has!

 

Did you know that females are more likely to injure their ACLs compared to males?

ITS TRUE. It’s common to see this injury post puberty in adolescent females, active midlife women and reinjury of the knee is probable as well if not managed correctly.

There are many reasons for this, let’s break these down over the next few days AND discuss prevention and solutions for this common problem!

Why are females more likely to tear an ACL?

Alright so let’s breakdown a few of the WHYS behind my statement yesterday that FEMALES ARE MOST LIKELY TO TEAR AN ACL THAN MALES.

Pelvis structure: As women, we have a wider hip set than men, creating a greater Q angle at the knees. What this means is that women are more likely to experience things like the knees going inward and lack of control within this motion. It happens naturally and shouldn’t be feared….instead UTILIZED.

Puberty: When girls hit puberty, we start to see a shift in body shape. We also see a disconnect being body and mind during this time as their body changes and the mind tries to adapt with it. This disconnect can cause girls to experience instability, change in landing mechanics and more. This opens them up to injury. Again, this time shouldn’t be feared, instead harnessed and capitalized on!

Menstrual cycle: A naturally cycling female will experience ups and downs in their hormones throughout their cycle. There will be times where she is more positioned to work on technical aspects versus power versus strength. Again, let’s utilize this in order to optimize performance and put overwriting and injury.

 

So what do we do to PREVENT a potential injury. Now, everyday life happens; however, there are a few key considerations we can implement to help. I covered all of this in my recent Instagram live, so have a listen: https://www.instagram.com/tv/CYUB0WGoAXs/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

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What Families can do for Newly Postpartum Moms

by Keli Kirwin

“What should I add to my registry?”

“What gift should I buy for my best friend’s baby shower?”

“Top 10 baby shower gifts!”

“Most useless baby shower gifts”

Etc, ad nauseam. 

Let’s get straight to the point: the most powerful gift you can give to a new family is to care for them. Mow the grass to give that time back to the family. Bring meals to them. Drop off some coffee. Love on the family. Your gift of time and service is immeasurably valuable. This includes gifting a cleaning service or having food delivered. Give without judgement and without expectations. 
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New parenthood is beautiful and poetic. It is also raw and really, really difficult. Even the “best” pregnancies, labors, and births are hard work. The smoothest birth is preceded by months of round the clock work, typically unacknowledged until well into the third trimester when others can finally see significant evidence of pregnancy with their own eyes. Before then, mom receives scrutiny for her exhaustion. Surely her body is not working that hard, she has only been pregnant for 9 weeks or 18 weeks or, or, or… 

Postpartum is also ‘invisible’ work. Mom changes thick pads and breathes through after-birth pains as her uterus shrinks. Her bottom hurts and she struggles to choose between sitting to rest and literally getting off her sore rear-end. Her nipples are sore and cannot see beyond the exhaustion. Her hormones are shifting dramatically. She attempts to stay level-headed and logical whenever she feels the changing tide. Can she tell anyone that she cannot sleep because of her irrational anxiety? 

Was she respected during birth? Does she feel that she was supported? Does she have access to appropriate care postpartum? In addition to the initial 6 weeks with her midwife or doctor, are chiropractors or physical therapists accessible? Are there other providers she could benefit from? Support can be given here; child care for older children, accompanying mom to appointments and watching the baby, perhaps monetary gifts to ensure these appointments are financially sustainable.

We care for others the best whenever our needs are met. Meet the needs of the parents so that they can better care for their home and their family.   

What can you do to enrich this time in their lives?