Knee Injury Prevention: Exercises to Keep You From Getting Sidelined

J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2018 Sep;48(9):734. doi: 10.2519/jospt.2018.0509.


Knee and anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries have the potential to sideline an athlete for an entire season or even more than a year. The goal of a knee injury prevention guideline, published in the September 2018 issue of JOSPT, is to make recommendations based on the vast amount of published literature to prevent knee and ACL injuries. Whether you are an athlete, coach, or parent, this guideline outlines the best strategies to prevent injuries, based on scientific research. Ultimately, the best prevention strategies are the result of a combination of the leading science, the physical demands of the sport and/or athletic event, an assessment by the coach and medical team, and input from the athlete. This guideline helps inform the first step in that process. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther 2018;48(9):734. doi:10.2519/jospt.2018.0509.

Keywords: clinical practice guidelines; exercise-based prevention; knee; sports.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injuries / prevention & control*
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injuries / rehabilitation
  • Athletic Injuries / prevention & control*
  • Athletic Injuries / rehabilitation
  • Exercise Therapy / methods*
  • Humans
  • Knee Injuries / prevention & control*
  • Knee Injuries / rehabilitation
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic*