Biomechanics of the knee joint
Jumping (& landing) to conclusions about Knee injury prevention Rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is one of the most disabling knee injuries an athlete can sustain. Unresolved ACL rupture has been associated with a distinct syndrome that includes episodes of giving way, further risk of meniscal damage, loss of proprioception via damage to mechanoreceptors in the joint and ligament itself, recurrent pain, and likely degeneration of the knee joint as a result of excessive laxity and persistent instability.
Presenter – Julie Steele
is a professor of biomechanics and head of the Biomechanics Research Laboratory at the University of Wollongong. Julie’s research focuses predominantly biomechanics of injury prevention with a specific interest in mechanisms of lower extremity dysfunction, particularly anterior cruciate ligament injury during dynamic landings.