Researchers Find Link Between Posture and Knee Injuries

HIGH POINT, N.C., Aug. 5, 2013 – Dr. Yum Nguyen, assistant professor of Athletic Training, recently gave a presentation on his research findings about how posture may increase the risk of knee injury at the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Annual Meeting in Las Vegas.

Nguyen explained that certain postures, inwardly rotated hips and knock-kneed postures in particular, make athletes more vulnerable to knee injuries, especially ACL injuries, than people with different postures.

“We think these postures may reduce an individual’s ability to use their muscles effectively, so they need rehabilitation programs tailored directly for them to prevent injuries,” says Nguyen.

Nguyen says female athletes are at a greater risk for this type of injury, which may be attributed to the fact that females are more likely to have this posture. He says speaking at the conference was a good opportunity to update clinicians on how posture can put people at risk for these types of injuries.

“One major area that we are continuing to research is understanding how postures change as athletes mature, especially in the middle and high school populations,” says Nguyen. “Then, we can get a better idea of how and when to intervene.”

Nguyen says the next step is to develop specific programs that will work for athletes affected by these postures.

Nguyen is collaborating with Dr. Kevin Ford, director of the Human Biomechanics and Physiology Laboratory and associate professor of physical therapy at High Point University. The two are working with students and HPU’s women’s soccer team to examine the potential factors that may increase injury in soccer athletes. Ford recently received a major grant from the National Institutes of Health for his research on knee injury prevention.

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