Drills to Reduce the Risk of Knee Injury in Sports
May 16, 2016
Unfortunately injuries happen, it’s something no one can stop 100% of the time. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t do things to help reduce your risk of a knee injury.
Performing certain drills, patterning movement in specific ways, and proper coaching in this can go a long way in helping to reduce the chance you or your athlete will be sidelined.
A few of the coaching considerations we have when working with athletes, to help keep them safe both in training and competition are outlined below.
1. Learn to decelerate properly.
Balance, stability, and control are all vital parts of being able to decelerate properly. These, along with strengthening both major and minor hip muscles, go a long way in helping to reduce knee injury risk. Check out some of the progress our athletes made in these areas last summer.
2. Control the knees when landing.
Most non-contact knee injuries occur when an athlete lands with a totally extended (straight) knee or a knee that buckles in toward the other knee.
Making sure to keep alignment of the knees, by training athletes to control where the knees go in relation to the feet, when both jumping AND landing is an essential element to help decrease injury potential.