Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injuries are quite common and affect approximately 250 000 people per year. Athletes playing sports involving jumping, pivoting, and hard cutting such as basketball, soccer, and football are at the highest risk. Athletes who suffer from these injuries and have a subsequent surgery have muscle weakness, reduced joint ranges of motion, reduced sports performance, an increased risk of re-injury and long term knee injury including osteoarthritis.
Basketball players, parents, coaches, and scouts are all aware of the devastating effects of serious knee injuries and how they can quickly change a once bright future in this sport. Non-traumatic knee injuries are second only to ankle injuries as the most prevalent injuries among basketball players. High profile NBA stars like Greg Oden and Derrick Rose have been examples of how seriously these injuries can affect a prosperous career. Implications of Knee Injuries for Bask
As many as 1 in 4 runners will develop patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS) during their running career. Despite the high prevalence, there is conflicting evidence as to the etiology of this condition. This article will serve to dispel the myths of its etiology as well as provide helpful tools to consider when treating this condition. The patella (knee cap) is an important structure for dissipating ground reaction forces associated with walking and running. The patella serves