Elite female footballers who suffer an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury are more likely to have played more matches, had less rest and travelled further with their teams than their colleagues, a new study has found.

Research commissioned by the players’ union, Fifpro, looked at the workload of 139 players in the leading women’s leagues in Europe, including 58 who were injured at least once during the 2022-23 season. The results found that injured players had enjoyed fewer rest days than non-injured players whatever the medical issue, but observed greater differences with those who suffered ACL problems.

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