Netball Australia KNEE Program | Reducing ACL injury risk

Friday, June 19, 2020

Netball is ranked as the leading women’s participation team sport and the top team based sport in Australia for 15 to 24 year olds.

Netball engages players of all ages from the entry-level juniors, competitive and social recreational players and the elite level, with underage state and national programs through to the National Super Netball and Australian Netball Diamonds. As with any sport, at any level, there is an inherent injury risk to netball players.

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Netball Injuries

Knees are one of the most common joints injured in netball. It is estimated that as high as 25% of all major injuries in netball are attributed to Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injury alone. Not only is the ACL frequently injured, it is also arguably the most costly injury to netballers, resulting in prolonged rehabilitation periods and time away from the sport.

Injury Prevention

The Knee injury prevention for Netballers to Enhance performance and Extend play (KNEE) program has been developed by Netball Australia with the support of the Australian Institute of Sport to provide this education for coaches, players and parents.

Using the principles of existing Injury Prevention Programs, Netball Australia’s KNEE Program has been designed and tailored specifically for netball by Australian Netball Diamonds Head Physiotherapist.

What are the benefits of the KNEE program?

When implemented effectively it has the potential to reduce not only ACL incidence by up to 70% but reduce the incidence of lower limb injuries generally. Not only does the program aim to create a reduction in ACL and lower limb injury risk but also enhances strength, speed and power. It targets landing, deceleration and change of direction technique including attention to arm position to ensure preparedness for the multi-directional demands of netball.

Who is the KNEE program for?

The program has drills aimed at the junior, recreational and elite level player, and can be easily incorporated into any training session or game-day warm up. Any team or player wanting to improve their performance and reduce time off the court due to injury can benefit from this program!

Implementing the Program

At Sutherland Physio, we have completed the training to be recognized as a KNEE Program Provider Endorsed by Netball Australia. We look forward to working with local netball clubs to enhance their performance and reduce their injury risk this season. Contact us to manage your body and get the most out of play!

Sutherland Physio Knee program

The program manual, videos and tips for implementing can be found at https://knee.netball.com.au/

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