See excerpt below from press release from the CDC website regarding ACL injury prevention in female athletes.
Alternative Warm-Up Program Reduces Risk of ACL Injuries For Female College Soccer Players
Female Athletes Most at Risk for Ligament Injuries
For Immediate Release: July 25, 2008
Contact: Gail Hayes, CDC Injury Center Media Relations, Phone: 770-488-4902
The risk of potentially devastating tears to an important knee ligament may be reduced in female college soccer players by an alternative warm-up program that focuses on stretching, strengthening, and improving balance and movements, according to a CDC study published online this week in The American Journal of Sports Medicine. The program can be done without additional equipment or extensive training that other prevention programs may require.
Female athletes are at greater risk for anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries, compared to males participating in similar activities. The gender difference becomes even greater for noncontact ACL injuries, which occur usually in stopping, turning, or landing from a jump as opposed to colliding with another player or something on the field like the goal post.