Major Types of Injuries in Competitive Athletes
In competitive sports, athletes are estimated to be 10 times more likely to have a serious knee injury than in other organized sporting athletes. In most of these competitive sports, knee injuries account for approximately a quarter of the injuries and often take the longest time of any injury to recover from. Over the last 15 years, ankle sprains have decreased by 86% and tibia fractures by 88%, but knee ligament injuries have increased by 172%. (2) The most common types of knee injuries include various ligament and tendon sprains and tears, meniscal tears, and dislocated knee-caps. Each injury varies in its respective therapy and effect on athlete's ability to compete in the future.
The following injuries will be discussed:
Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Tears
Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tears
Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Tears
Lateral Collateral Ligament (LCL) Tears
Patellar Tendon (PCL) Tears