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How do I prevent knee injuries?

Updated: May 8, 2019

More then 1 million sporting injuries occur every year in Australia, with over 12% of these involving the knee.

Recently there has been a push to investigate the alarming rise of ACL injuries and reconstructive surgery in Australia.

There is strong evidence to support that completion of a structured exercise program focusing on strength, balance and neuromuscular control can reduce acute knee injuries by 25-50% and can reduce ACL injuries by up to 80%

A good example of this type of program is the FIFA 11 +

The FIFA 11+ is an injury-prevention programme that has been specifically designed to prevent football injuries.  The program consists of 15 exercises, divided into 3 types;

running exercises including change of direction, cutting, and landing techniques strength, plyometric and balance exercises running exercises focusing on high speed and agility

The program is designed to be completed twice a week, and takes about 20 minutes.

As you can see, the three components (running, strength and agility) are not isolated to the sport of football, allowing for this program to also be hugely beneficial for other sports such as netball, rugby league and AFL.

It may be cliche, but especially in the case of ACL injuries, prevention is better then cure.  If you would like to be better prepared to prevent injuries for your sport, call us on 4384 3395 for an individual assessment and preventative treatment plan.

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