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High Risk Anatomy and Sports Injuries

            It's a known fact that females are more prone to ACL injuries than males. Females have slightly different anatomy that may put them at a higher risk for ACL injuries. I happened to be one of the casualties of this terrible injury. The anterior cruciate ligament is one of the four ligaments in the knee that provides stabilization.  An ACL tear or sprain occurs when a sudden change in direction or pivot occurs on a locked knee. The most common symptoms of an ACL tear would be a pop, followed by pain and swelling of the knee.  Without a normal ACL, the knee becomes unstable and can buckle, especially when the leg is planted and attempts are made to stop or turn quickly. There are many ways for this type of injury to occur: basketball, football, soccer, and gymnastics are the most recognized sports for this type of injury. .
             Soccer has become a very popular sport over the years. I was 14 years old when I discovered the sport of kicking and nonstop running. Unfortunately, the middle school I attended didn't have a girl's soccer team. I begged my mother relentless to let me play on the boy's team. My basketball coach happened to be the boys soccer coach at the time. With a little begging and a lot of hard work, Mr. Wilson put me on the boys' soccer team. I immediately fell in love with the sport. High School was a time I showed off my athletic talents. I was active in basketball, softball, tennis and soccer. No stranger to injury my four years in high school; I had a right thigh muscle tear my freshman year while playing soccer.  Sophomore year, I was kicked in the left calf; tearing the muscle to the point I was out for the rest of the season. My junior year wasn't as bad as the first two years of high school when it came to injuries. I had been kicked in the shin, face, head and other areas of the body but nothing substantial enough to involve the hospital. There was this one time I thought I broke my face while playing soccer in 30 degree weather.

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