We will all experience some type of knee pain once in our life; however studies are being shown now that with the proper strengthening and training we can actually prevent this as we age. This is especially important when it comes to our younger female athletes. We are seeing a higher and higher incident of younger female athletes with knee problems. We attribute this to not only anatomical differences in the female body, but also due to improper training of certain muscle groups that can cause knee problems.
Young women demonstrate less strength and neuromuscular control after puberty according to research presented at the end of February at the Association of Academic Physiatrists. This is why proper training is so essential to help prevent knee problems in this population. Two of the biggest issues we see are chondromalacia of the knee (wearing down of knee cartilage under the knee cap), and ACL injuries.