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Proper Training Prevents Common Knee Injuries

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Knee Injuries

One of the most common types of knee injuries is also one of the most preventable.

Each year 95,000 athletes suffer an ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) injury; however, with proper training, ACL injuries can be avoided.

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The anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL, is one four ligaments that stabilizes the knee joint. When the ACL is injured, the knee becomes unstable. Patients often complain that it feels like the knee is about to "give out." If left untreated, ACL injuries can lead to chronic knee instability in two-thirds of patients.

"Prevention is key when it comes to ACL injuries," said Dr. Nilesh Shah, medical director of Summa's Center for Sports Health. "Unfortunately, most people who suffer from an ACL injury have great difficulty returning to their previous level of athletic ability."

According to Dr. Shah, ACL injuries can be prevented by using these techniques: