How’s your cruciate?

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Non-sporting types would probably give that post-title a skip. But if you’re like me, every twinge and ache gets examined before that big sigh of relief; oh, it’s just a sprain, nothing serious. Until the big ones fall apart and then you know all about it.

So far, *touches wood* my knees are in one piece. But cruciate ligament injuries are becoming so prevalent here in Ireland, one national association, the GAA, is setting up a project to guinea-pig 30 players in an effort to find the perfect warm-up. One sports journalist said last week that a winning ladies gaelic football team – from my own county of Cork – has had 15 players out with cruciate injuries since 2005. That’s half the team. 

This article in one of the Irish papers a few days ago said it’s a far more common injury for women than men. And the worrying thing is the experts quoted don’t really seem to know why it’s an increasing problem. When you talk to older athletes – in their 60s – they say it was a rare injury ‘back in the day’ so we’re doing something wrong. Or maybe just recognising something that was accepted back then?

Dr Pat Duggan from the sports organisation is quoted in the article saying: “It may be that modern players are so phenomenally conditioned from the hips up that when they land on one leg, like in football, the power going through their leg is a lot greater than it was say 10 years ago.” But shouldn’t the legs be stronger too – or is the weights-room to blame?

What’s the worst injury you’ve had? 

Niamh Griffin

Niamh works as a journalist in Ireland but blog also blogs about women in sport. She tries to be positive but does have a moan every now and then. She is based in Ireland. Read her blog at http://niamhgriffin.blogspot.com.

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