Preventing knee injuries in netballers
With knee and ankle injuries accounting for 85 percent of all injuries sustained to Australian netballers, a new injury prevention resource has been created- K.N.E.E- designed by Alanna Antcliff, Netball Australia’s head physiotherapist, and they are aiming to drop serious knee injuries by 70 precent.
According to the national insurance data- ankle injuries make up 40 percent, whereas knee injuries- most of them occurring on landing- account for 45 precent. It is further estimated that Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injuries alone average 25 percent of total injuries sustained by Australian Netballers, and are also the costliest with prolonged rehabilitation and time away from sport.
The KNEE program, aims to identify risky movement patterns, modify and correct them. By correcting these movements, strengthening the muscles it reinforces superior technique. It is designed as a warm up and directed towards three groups- juniors, recreational & elite level athletes.
The KNEE program can be found at www.knee.netball.com.au. At Kinetic, we can assess your injury risk and develop a customised exercise program to minimise your risk of injury and help you perform at your best.