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Volume V, 2006

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Although high rates of ACL injuries are seen in contact sports, the majority of injuries occur as a result of a no contact mechanism. The mechanism causing this injury usually falls into one of three categories: planting and cutting, straight knee landing, and one-step stop landing with the knee in hyperextension. Depending on the specific parameters of the group assessed, female athletes are two to eight times more likely to tear the ACL in one of these motions than are male athletes. Numerous studies focusing on different sports at various levels have shown similar trends, demanding that attention be paid to determining the cause of the female athlete’s vulnerability to this injury. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to determine if differences existed in hamstring and quadriceps strength ratios between males and females.