Understanding the reasons behind these disproportionate numbers is "the million dollar question," says Dr. Michael Maloney, director of the sports medicine division at the University of Rochester Medical Center.
Through a local grant, Maloney
is leading an effort to train area female high school athletes, including Mickles, about how to protect their knees from injury.
During that time, Maloney
says there were five non-contact ACL tears, which he
says was "a pretty low number.
typically would expect to see one and a half to two ACL tears per 100 female athletes participating in those sports.
The program wasn't implemented in time to prevent Mickles' original injury, but she
has the opportunity to participate now.
"I really think it would help if every team were able to do it because I think there would be even less injuries," she