Netball Australia’s KNEE Program
Research by the Australian Sports Commission has found netball to be the most popular team sport for girls in Australia (AusPlay, 2017). Knee injuries are the most common injuries sustained by netballers, with a staggering 25% of major injuries involving the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL).
To help combat this, Netball Australia has developed ‘The KNEE Program’, a free online resource that can be implemented by netballers at any level.
Below are some tips from Netball Australia to help you complete an effective injury prevention program.
- The program should consist of 4 key components: warm up, strength, balance and agility.
- The program should be completed at least twice a week before each court session and needs to continue for a minimum of 10 weeks. Ideally the program becomes an ongoing component of training.
- Correct technique is essential in order to reinforce correct movement patterns.
- Players must be confident in performing 4 key components of netball with good technique before participating in the program. These are: take off, landing, deceleration and change of direction.
- Exercises should be pain free. If any exercises cause discomfort players should seek professional guidance.
You can find out more information about the program and access the instructional videos at https://knee.netball.com.au
If you are a coach or player and would like more guidance in implementing the program, KNEE endorsed physiotherapy providers can assist you. Contact the team at Grand Slam Physiotherapy on (03) 5277 2151 to find out more.