Sorry for the bad dad joke. I obviously need a couple of weeks off…
But did you know that women are 2-4 times more likely to do an ACL knee injury then men? One study I found even had a 4-6 times more likely rate of injury.
That’s the major ligament in your knee if you’re not familiar.
Basically it’s the ligament that keeps your knee stable and controls lateral movement.
You can function without one but it’s not ideal.
You may ask why this is?
One of the theories is that women’s pelvis’ are wider cause they’re designed for childbirth meaning the angle is greater and increases knee injury risk.
Another reason is that women have a greater muscle imbalance in the strength ratio between their quadriceps (front of the thigh muscles) and the hamstrings in the back of the leg.
Now this of course doesn’t mean you have to wrap yourself in cotton wool and waste away.
You just have to be prepared.
And back to the muscle imbalance thing.
It’s just one of the many reasons why we do a lot of exercises that work what’s called the posterior chain as part of your DPM sessions.
These muscles (hamstrings, glutes and lower back) are usually underworked in most people. Especially women.
And if we strengthen them, it helps you massively overall.
It can’t hurt helping with that nice round butt look that’s popular these days anyways.
But if we can do this type of thing and risk your potential for doing an ACL or other major injury then it’s a win-win for you.
Granted you may not be an elite athlete these days but even if you like to go skiiing, or play a casual netball game or just running around with your kids – prevention is better than the alternative.