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Girls are five times more likely to suffer anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries, according to Memorial Hermann IRONMAN Sports Medicine Institute. They said a female’s risk skyrockets after puberty and while girls are young and active, soccer and basketball are sports that increase the risk of damage to the knee. The ligament inside the knee provides stability and prevents your leg from buckling, Memorial Hermann physical therapist, Chris Juneau said. He said the difference in leg strength between men and women leads to more females hurting their ACL but a specialized training can drastically reduce the risk of ACL injury.