Injury Prevention

Injury Prevention in Netball

NIKKI PRIESTLEY
Oct 15, 2020

Why should we consider Injury Prevention Training in Netball ?

85% of netball injuries are to ankles and knees, with the majority being knee injuries (45%). This blog was inspired after watching the Superleague final just a few weeks ago between Manchester Thunder and Loughborough Lightening, with such excitement for the event, to then sadly see Ella Clark sustain a serious knee injury so early into the final. Having been an avid Netball player myself and rupturing my ACL six years ago, I know too well the frustrations sustaining a serious injury whilst playing sports!

Injuries to the Anterior Cruciate Ligament are particularly common, typically occurring during landing, change of direction, or deceleration. Females are 4-6 times more likely to be injured than males, with the highest risk group being females aged between 15-18 years.

What is the ACL ?

What can we do to minimise the risk of Ankle and Knee Injuries?

65% of athletes who suffer an ACL rupture DO NOT return to sport and those that do return often participate at a lower level than before their injury. So the million dollar question, what can we do to avoid ankle and knee injuries? The answer....INJURY PREVNTION TRAINING!!!!

What is the KNEE Program ?

The KNEE program has been proven to reduce lower limb injuries generally and specifically ACL injuries from 40-70%. It is on court warm up program, preparing players to play, targeting safe landings and movements.

The research suggests a minimum of 10 weeks , 2-3 times per week and an ongoing regime to maintain the effects from the program.

NIKKI PRIESTLEY
BSc (Hons) PgCert MCSP AACP
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