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6 October 2014 Last updated at 13:58 GMT


Women's football: Why are there so many knee injuries?

By Alistair Magowan BBC Sport


Last month, England international Rachel Unitt ruptured an anterior cruciate ligament in her knee for the second time in 16 months.

Another long lay-off could signal the end of a career for the 32-year-old who has earned 102 caps for her country.

More worryingly, she is the fourth Notts County player to suffer the injury this season and the ninth player to be injured in this manner during 2014 in the Women's Super League (WSL) top division.

On the face of it, their plight could be viewed as bad luck. But is there more to it than that?


Crucial cruciates - ACL injuries in the WSL this season

Rachel Unitt, Ellen White, Sophie Bradley, Anna Green (all Notts County)

Lucy Staniforth, Nicole Rolser (both Liverpool)

Danielle Lea (Manchester City)

Chantelle Boye-Hlorkah (Everton)

Alex Windell (Bristol Academy)