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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Friday, June 26, 2015
Sunrise: 30th May, 1926
Sunset: 26th June, 2012
Mom, the days, the months and the
years are going so fast.
It appears as you just left
But three years have gone by already.
You are gone physically
but not forgotten.
The memory of you is forever alive.
You may be out of sight
but not out of mind.
We have lost you as our rock but not
as our way and our purpose.
Your fine quality of upbringing has
chartered our lives.
What an exquisite Woman, Mother,
Grandmother and Friend.
We love you and you shall always
Remain alive in our hearts and souls!
I am following the FIFA Women s World
Cup 2015 quite closely, and at the start of
every match, as the women cross their
hands over their hearts and belt out their
national anthems, I am reminded of a
rather surprising comment that one of my
high school teachers made to the school
full of adolescent girls. "Women should
not play football." Wait! Are we in the
I still cringe today, some 20 plus years
later, when I remember the comment. But
that cringe turns to a smile and a shake of
the head as I watch the women battle it out
in the 2015 World Cup with just as much
vigour, bravery and aggression as the men.
The teacher s reasoning behind her sexist
comment, was that women s bodies are dif-
ferent and place us at greater risk for injury.
Therefore we should not be involved in a
sport like football. This brought back history
lessons about the 1800 s when men con-
demned women s involvement in sport,
and an article published in the British Med-
ical Journal during that time which stated
in reference to women s participation in
football, "We can in no way sanction the
reckless exposure to violence, of organs
which the common experience of women
had led them in every way to protect." As
if we are fragile China dolls with the sole
purpose of giving birth!
My teacher was correct though when she
said that the female body is different to that
of a man s, and is more prone to injury.
However, she was very wrong to use that
as a reason as to why we should not play
football. We most certainly should play!
Women are more prone to certain types
of injuries like a rupture or tear of the ante-
rior cruciate ligament (ACL) of the knee.
The ACL is a ligament inside the knee joint.
It is a passive stabiliser of the joint, and
prevents excessive movement of the lower
leg on the upper leg. It can be injured in
sports that involve cutting, pivoting, sudden
deceleration or landing from a jump.
An ACL rupture is a common injury
among football players. In fact, with the
exception of one, all the patients with ACL
injuries whom I have treated at Total Rehab,
have been injured while playing football! It
is almost an epidemic among young athletes
between 15-20 years
a 4- to 6-fold greate
this ligament than
Women s wider hi
an increased angle
leg, which places
knee in a more vulne
able position. How
ever, more recen
the greater risk of
injury to differences
in what is known a
between men and
the mind-muscle co
that is needed to e
particular task. The
must be aware of th
tion of her body a
able to then recruit th
rect muscles in or
move safely and ef
With respect to t
to the athlete s ability
all the correct musc
right way to help the
bilise the knee durin
ment like cuttin
evading a defender i
ball, or landing f
header. When this m
lar component is po
ACL has no help in
ising the knee. If the
it too much, it rup
Much of this ne
muscular control mu
taught properly. The
lete must be taught
rect cutting, pivotin
landing techniques, w
keep the knee in a safe position
ng all the nec-
ver, in order to
o execute these
es, the athlete
e good strength,
rly in the hips.
e the foundation
wer leg. As with
house, if the
weak, the walls
(knee) will col-
lapse. The ath-
lete may not
strength in the
hips to control
he movement of
he knee under
ns, such as when
ting and landing
a jump. This
place the knee
on that can rup-
men tend to have
hips and poorer
. So yes, I agree
teacher s point
en are different
n, and certain
ur anatomy and
put us at greater
this injury risk
d training, injury
n fact, newer
orts the use of
ducing the num-
Let's kick those balls, girls
ber of ACL injuries among athletes.
So hopefully by now my teacher has updated herself
to the current era. Women CAN play football, and
any sport for that matter. It is simply a matter of
creating training programs to specifically target female
risk factors. Play on girls!!
Carla Rauseo, DPT, CSCS, ATRIC is a Doctor of
Physical Therapy and a Certified Aquatic Therapy
Rehabilitation Instructor at Total Rehabilitation
Centre in San Juan. http://www.totalrehabtt.com
Ahkeela Mollon warming up
recently for WPL action
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