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One ACL injury is enough! Focus on female football players
  1. Anne Fältström1,2
  1. 1 Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Physiotherapy, Linköping, Sweden
  2. 2 Region Jönköping County, Rehabilitation Centre, Ryhov County Hospital, Jönköping, Sweden
  1. Correspondence to PhD Anne Fältström, Region Jönköping County, Ryhov County Hospital, Rehabilitation Centre, Jönköping, Sweden; anne.faltstrom{at}

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What did I do?

I investigated1 (i) factors that differ between females with an ACL reconstructed (ACLR) knee who return to football or not, (ii) functional performance between these females who returned to football and knee-healthy players, (iii) predictors for additional ACLR and (iv) patient-reported outcomes in patients with bilateral ACL injuries.

Why did I do it?

ACL rupture is a serious and common injury in football. Return to sport (RTS) is a common goal after an ACLR, but females RTS and to football specifically to a lower degree than do males.2 There is lack of knowledge about factors associated with return to football in females after ACLR.

A key dilemma is the high re-injury risk after ACLR in female football players.2 It …

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