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Female athletes struggle with ACL injuries

Updated: May 13, 2009, 11:49 AM ET
By Lindsay Berra | ESPN The Magazine

It was a play Lake Forest (Ill.) soccer star Rachel Quon had made thousands of times before. As a sweeper, she was always chasing the ball back toward her goal line. This time she planted her left foot, pivoted and kicked with her right leg to clear the ball back upfield.

She ran two more steps before she heard -- and felt -- a pop in her right knee. In the milliseconds before she fell to the ground, a few fleeting thoughts went through Quon's mind: Maybe it was my MCL. Please let ...

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