Chapter 5. Preventing Knee Injuries

  1. Roald Bahr MD, PhD4 and
  2. Lars Engebretsen MD, PhD4,5
  1. Timothy E. Hewett PhD1,
  2. Bruce D. Beynnon PhD2,
  3. Tron Krosshaug PhD3 and
  4. Grethe Myklebust PT, PhD3

Published Online: 4 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444303612.ch5

Sports Injury Prevention

Sports Injury Prevention

How to Cite

Hewett, T. E., Beynnon, B. D., Krosshaug, T. and Myklebust, G. (2009) Preventing Knee Injuries, in Sports Injury Prevention (eds R. Bahr and L. Engebretsen), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444303612.ch5

Editor Information

  1. 4

    Department of Sports Medicine, Oslo Sports Trauma Research Center, Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, Ullevål Stadion, Oslo, Norway

  2. 5

    Orthopaedic Center, Ullevaal University Hospital and Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway

Author Information

  1. 1

    The Human Performance Laboratory, Departments of Pediatrics, Orthopaedic Surgery, Biomedical Engineering and Rehabilitation Sciences, The Sports Medicine Biodynamics Center, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH, USA

  2. 2

    Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, McClure Musculoskeletal Research Center, The University of Vermont, VT, USA

  3. 3

    Oslo Sports Trauma Research Center, Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, Oslo, Norway

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 4 MAR 2009
  2. Published Print: 23 JAN 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405162449

Online ISBN: 9781444303612



  • epidemiology of knee injuries in sports;
  • risk of ACL injury in different sports;
  • how to identify athletes at risk;
  • familial tendency and ethnicity;
  • foot pronation;
  • patella tendon-tibia shaft angle and tibial plateau slope;
  • non-contact ACL injury situations in ball/team sports;
  • targeting participation in ACL injury interventions to individuals or teams


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Epidemiology of knee injuries in sports

  • Key risk factors: how to identify athletes at risk

  • Injury mechanisms

  • Identifying risks in the training and competition program

  • Preventive measures

  • References

  • Further reading