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Biomechanical Training Wards off Knee Injury

Monday, 03 November 2008 15:24
Female high school athletes are 5 times more likely than males to suffer a debilitating knee injury - and female college athletes have 4-fold the risk of knee injury than males. The majority of these injuries occur during jumping and involve the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), the medial collateral ligament (MCL), or both ligaments. Fortunately, knee trauma may be prevented, said researchers at the 24th Annual Meeting of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine in Vancouver, British Columbia.

A total of 1,263 athletes took part in the study. Of these, 366 participated in a pre-season strength training program aimed at improving jumping biomechanics. Specifically, the program taught subjects to jump straight up and down while maintaining proper spinal alignment, and to land on bent knees. 

Female athletes who took part in the program were 42.8% less likely to sustain a knee injury, compared with male controls and female athletes who did not participate in the training.

Hewett TE, Riccobene JV, Lindenfeld TN, Noyes FR   Jump training program may stem rising tide of knee injuries among female athletes.   American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, 24th Annual Meeting - June 30, 1999.