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Study: Men More Likely to Suffer Knee Ligament Injuries

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Although previous research has shown that women's knees are more susceptible to ACL injuries, men suffer from more knee ligament injuries, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Sports Medicine [Reuters.com].

Researchers analyzed a nationwide database of Swedish patients, not just athletes, to see how many people had knee ligament injuries and related surgeries from 2002 to 2009. Of the 56,659 people who tore a knee ligament, men accounted for 60 percent (34,000) of tears. Men also had 59 percent of the surgeries related to knee ligament injuries.

The study also found that men were affected by ligament injuries later in life compared to women. When they looked at the high-risk age groups, 21 to 30 for men and 11 to 20 for women, men still had a higher rate of injury. There were 225 tears per 100,000 men and 144 tears per 100,000 women.

Often times, glute weakness and instability lead to excessive strain being placed on the ACL. But you can reduce your risk for knee injuries by adding a few key exercises to your workout. To learn more, read "The Complete Guide to ACL injuries."

Tags: Injury, Knee Pain, Knee