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Strength & Conditioning Journal:
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0b013e318268131f
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Lower Limb Stiffness: Considerations for Female Athletes

McMahon, John James BSc (Hons), CSCS; Comfort, Paul MSc, CSCS*D; Pearson, Stephen PhD, CSCS

Section Editor(s): Reuter, Ben PhD, CSCS*D, ATC

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Abstract

SUMMARY: WOMEN DEMONSTRATE LOWER LIMB STIFFNESS RECRUITMENT STRATEGIES, WHICH MAY PREDISPOSE THEM TO GREATER SUSTAINMENT OF LOWER LIMB INJURIES, PARTICULARLY TO THE ANTERIOR CRUCIATE LIGAMENT. TO POSITIVELY ALTER SUCH STRATEGIES IN WOMEN, LOWER LIMB MUSCLE STRENGTH (PARTICULARLY HAMSTRINGS) AND TENDON STIFFNESS SHOULD BE INCREASED BEFORE PERFORMING HIGH-INTENSITY PLYOMETRICS.

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