Title

Torn

Date

2019

Document Type

Thesis

Degree

Master of Arts

Department

American Studies

First Adviser

Myers, Tamara

Abstract

In sports today, the discussion of injury has been centered around concussions. The injury that is not talked about often enough is the torn Anterior Cruciate Ligament, (ACL), particularly in female athletes. The ACL is a key ligament that helps stabilize the knee joint, and according to the American Journal of Sports Medicine, and a study done by Duke University Medical Center, women are two to four times more likely to tear their ACL than men. While many people are aware of the physical toll tearing an ACL takes, it is often forgotten the mental aspect as well. Torn follows the physical and emotional journey of three Lehigh women’s basketball players who all tore their ACL’s, and looks to open up conversation surrounding this injury. It looks at how these women have built their identity through basketball, and the rebuilding process that incurs when basketball is taken from them unexpectedly.

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