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One of the most common knee injuries in sports is a non-contact anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury. The ACL, a rope-like bundle of fibrous tissue in the center of the knee, connects the front of the lower leg (shinbone) with the back of the upper leg (thighbone) and helps a person bend their knee, jump and squat. Seventy percent of ACL injuries are non-contact; the other 30 percent result from collison with a person or an object.

‘The ACL can be torn or sprained in sports where the athlete twists, jumps, lands, pivots or suddenly stops,’ said Tonino. ‘Such sports include basketball, soccer, football, volleyball, running and skiing. Females are two- to eight times more likely than males to sustain an ACL injury.

‘In contrast to males, females tend to land from a jump with their knees locked, which puts added pressure on the knee,’ said Tonino. ‘The result can be a sprain or tear of the ACL.’

Slightly bending the knees and hips when landing will reduce injury risk. ‘When playing basketball and volleyball, position the buttocks as if one was about to sit down in a chair, rather than standing upright,’ he said. ‘Players also should land on their forefoot, not their heel.’

Uneven surfaces, such as sand, raise the risk of ACL injury. ‘Soccer is very unpredictable because people are sliding into each other,’ said Tonino. ‘Players rarely stand still. Female athletes should strengthen their hamstrings, the muscles located in the back of the thigh.’

He said that the proper position to shoot a basketball is:

· Feet shoulder-width apart

· Knees slightly bent

· Buttocks positioned as if one was about to sit down in a chair

· Chest up

· Eyes up

· Athletes should not lean over or look at the floor.

The proper position to pass a volleyball is:

· Feet positioned a little wider than shoulder-width apart

· One
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