This was the second research retreat focused on gender bias in anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries, the first having taken place in Lexington, KY in April 2001. The purpose of this second retreat was to revisit the factors thought to be associated with gender bias in ACL injuries and to update the consensus statement from 2001. The retreat was again cosponsored by Kentucky Sports Medicine and Joyner Sportsmedicine Institute and was attended by both clinicians and scientists with a common interest in the ACL injury gender bias. The 50-plus participants included registrants from across the United States as well as Canada, Australia, and Norway. As with the previous retreat, the group consisted of physicians, physical therapists, athletic trainers, and scientists in the areas of biomechanics, motor control, and neuromuscular function. Thirty percent of the participants in the 2003 retreat were present for the first retreat as well. A call for abstracts for the retreat was announced in the summer of 2002. All abstracts were then peer reviewed for scientific merit and relevance to the retreat topic. In the end, 19 abstracts were accepted for podium presentations. These were grouped into sessions addressing structural, neuromuscular, biomechanical, and hormonal factors that may influence the gender bias in ACL injury incidence. In addition, a new session on intervention programs was included. The format of the meeting included 1 keynote presentation per day along with 20-minute podium presentations made by some of the participants. The keynote presenters were chosen for their scientific contribution to the understanding of factors associated with the gender bias seen in the incidence of ACL injuries. Bruce D. Beynnon, PhD, from the University of Vermont gave the first keynote titled "Risk Factors for Knee Ligament Trauma." The second keynote presenter was Braden C. Fleming, PhD, also from the University of Vermont, whose talk was titled "Biomechanics of the Anterior Cruciate Ligament." This supplement includes a consensus statement, a listing of the presentations and authors, and an abstract on each of the 19 presentations made at the conference, organized by the topics listed above.
J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2003;33(8):A1-A30.
Key Words: anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), gender bias, intervention