Netball Australia Knee Program
Netball has one of the highest sport’s injury rates in Australia. Knees and ankles are most commonly injured, particularly in landing. As females we are 50% more likely than male counterparts to rupture our anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), and 25% of serious injuries in netball last year were damage to the ACL.
Netball Australia wish to combat this and hence their physiotherapists have come up with a knee program for junior, recreational and elite netballers. This program can decrease chance of serious knee injury by 40-70%. This warm-up and training program should ideally be utilised by all netball clubs, particularly in juniors when teaching girls how to land correctly. Proper technique and repetition can significantly decrease the chances of injury and the need for surgery or lengthy time on the sideline. Let’s try and protect our kid’s bodies to ensure they can continue enjoying netball well into their 20s and 30s.
At Platform 7 Physiotherapy both Shea and Michelle have competed and coached high level junior netball and have taught this particular program to local clubs. We offer free once off sessions with netball clubs and school teams to assist with the teaching and implementation of the program.