Yes, patellar instability is indeed one cause of pain in the front of the knee, but there are several other flavors that affect soccer players. Younger players who haven’t reached full adult height may commonly report pain at growth regions (aka the aphophyis) of the tibial tubercle and lower part of the patella.
Almost every soccer knee injury occurs due to overuse of the knee ligaments, through years of playing soccer or a different sport that requires sudden change of direction and speed. Knee stability is maintained by 4 ligaments.
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As one of the most popular sports in the world, soccer injury rates involving the knee continue to rise. An alarming trend of knee injuries, including increased anterior cruciate ligament ruptures, underscores the need to review our current understanding of these injuries in soccer players.
A torn meniscus is one of the most common knee injuries in soccer. Cartilage damage can occur in any activity that causes someone to forcefully twist or rotate their knee, especially when putting your full weight on it, which are common movements seen in soccer.
Ligament Knee Injuries in Soccer. Other injuries that can occur to the knee while playing soccer include injuries to the collateral ligaments. The most common collateral ligament injury is a tear of the MCL. In this circumstance, the athlete may collapse down towards the inside of their knee or sustain a contact injury to the outside of their knee and the MCL gives out.
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It’s common in soccer because of the running and the repetitive bending-straightening of the knee, and is classed as an overuse injury. This means that by preventing the overuse and strain of the tendon, this pain can be effectively managed, treated and prevented.