Knee Injuries

As the largest joint in the body, the knee is essential for competing in almost every sport, but it is also the most common site for injury in young athletes. Overall, knee injuries make up about 55% of all sports injuries.

In 2010, there were roughly 10.4 million patient visits to doctors’ offices because of common knee injuries such as fractures, dislocations, sprains, and ligament tears. Many knee injuries can be successfully treated with simple measures, such as bracing and rehabilitation exercises. Other injuries may require surgery to correct.

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Knee Injury Statistics

They account for 15.2% of all high school sports injuries, often requiring expensive surgical treatment and prolonged time lost from school and sports participation
Female athletes who participate in jumping and pivoting sports are 2 to 10 times more likely to sustain a knee ligament injury, such as an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury, than male athletes participating in the same sports.
Movement biomechanics and knee joint strength can be altered in female athletes with neuromuscular training (NMT). Neuromuscular power can increase within 6 weeks of training and may reduce peak impact forces and knee abduction torques.