The Uneven Playing Field
Original post made by SUMD, Stanford, on May 9, 2008
Some researchers believe that in sports that both sexes play, and with similar rules soccer, basketball, volleyball female athletes rupture their A.C.L.'s at rates as high as five times that of males.
Example--She had undergone, by her count, five operations on her right knee. Her mother counted eight, and believed that Amy did not put certain minor cuttings in the category of actual operations. She was done playing.
She had been told she would need a knee replacement, maybe by the time she turned 30.
Amy told me about her final operation, recalling that when she came out of anesthesia, the surgeon seemed as if he was going to cry. He looked at her in silence for what seemed like a long time, trying to compose himself. Finally, he told her, "Amy, there was nothing in there left to fix."Web Link