MENSTRUAL CYCLE AND ACL INJURY RISK IN WOMENS BASKETBALL
Master of Arts
Kinesiology and Health Sciences
This research project explores the potential relationship between the menstrual cycle and increased risk of female collegiate basketball players sustaining an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury. This paper will illustrate why females are more likely to have this occur. A survey will be distributed to Division 1, 2, and 3 collegiate female basketball players to assess their experience with ACL injuries in relation with their menstrual cycles. Data will be analyzed using a Chi-Square Test of Independence, and a p value of 0.05 will be used. The results of this study will be used to inform coaches, athletes, and trainers about the potential heightened risk of sustaining an ACL injury during the menstrual cycle and to develop preventative programs and strategies for collegiate athletes. This project will allow for better care and insight for athletes in the future.