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Why have more than 25 top women’s footballers torn their ACLs in the last 12 months? Upward of 25 footballers in top women’s competitions around the world have torn their ACLs in the last 12 months. Star players from several nations are out.
57 players in the top 6 leagues have torn their ACL this year! Of these, 5 were even in the top 20 at the Ballon d’Or.
— Soccerdonna (@soccerdonna) December 29, 2022
SOCIAL MEDIA AND ACL INJURIES BY WOMAN SOCCER PLAYERS
Alexia Putellas who missed last summer’s UEFA Women’s Euro finals, going down with an ACL in her left knee just a day before the tournament started. “It was really hard to take. I wasn’t really aware I wouldn’t be able to play until after my surgery. Many days went by where by body didn’t feel any different, until ten days after when I started to feel sad about the Euro.”
???? @AlexiaPutellas on the growing number of ACL injuries in women’s football:
“It’s a multi-factorial injury. That’s why it’s so important to improve the conditions for women’s players: rest, travel, the surfaces on which they play and, of course, all those studies.” pic.twitter.com/vy8kL7quRf
— FIFPRO (@FIFPRO) May 2, 2023
Williamson released a statement on social media saying: “Until I have the words to express my feelings properly, I will struggle to verbalise them. The noise around the situation is quite loud and I need some quiet to let it all sink in.
Unfortunately the World Cup and Champions League dream is over for me and everyone will think that’s the main focus, but it’s the day to day of what I’m about to go through that is the most draining of my thoughts.”
“I’m going to miss the World Cup, which is hard,” she added. “But I hope to be back ready for the start of next season. I need to be realistic. Recovery is going really well. It’s slow but little steps.”
Unfortunately a concern for Vivianne #Miedema
Non contact left knee injury. Plant/pivot into valgus (buckles inward) w/ immediate collapse. A suspicious & worrying mechanism for ACL (+/- meniscus) injury. ????????. #AFCW #Arsenal https://t.co/BvvL57g7Ga
— InjuryMechanisms (@IMechanisms) December 15, 2022
“We can confirm that Beth Mead suffered a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament in our match against Manchester United at Emirates Stadium on Saturday,” an Arsenal statement read.
Katoto exited France’s second group-stage match of the Euros in the 15th minute after clutching her knee. The 23-year-old emerged for the second half on crutches on the sidelines. “Words are difficult, disappointment and a certain form of rage run through me today. This knee injury is not easy to take, but you have to raise your head. I will take care of myself and, with the help of the doctors, recover as quickly as possible”, Katoto posted in a series of tweets in French.
Les mots sont difficiles, la déception et une certaine forme de rage sévissent en moi aujourd’hui. Cette blessure au genou n’est pas simple à encaisser, mais il faut relever la tête. Je vais me soigner et, avec l’aide des médecins, me remettre le plus rapidement possible. pic.twitter.com/jS8yPgfmyq— Marie-Antoinette (@MarieKatoto) July 15, 2022
Carpenter, who started in her first European final against Barcelona on Sunday, went down in the 12th minute of the match after pushing awkwardly off the grass to collect a long pass, immediately grabbing at the inside of her left knee.
Speaking to Forbes, Carpenter said her ACL injury was an opportunity to take a break from football altogether, having had few opportunities to rest since bursting onto the scene as a 15-year-old with the Matildas.
“Honestly, I think it was the best thing that’s happened to me. I really needed this break. I was really fatigued; I’ve played a lot — a lot — of football in the last year-and-a-half. I was just on the verge of burnt-out, really”, she told Forbes.
Very proud and grateful to be back. I have learned a lot during these months about myself. The ones who have been there since day 1. Thank you, my support system has been second to none. Would not be here without you guys. I’m just getting started 💪🏽@olfeminin @matildas pic.twitter.com/KNPsSAolNN— Ellie Carpenter (@CarpenterEllie) February 4, 2023
Simone Magill of Northern Ireland who suffered the injury during the tournament. Magill’s tournament was ended after just 79 for her first game against Norway. “I immediately knew I had done something really, really bad. Why has this had to happen to me? I was just so angry and upset, as opposed to being in pain in that moment.”