Boy with knee painKnee injuries are among the most common injuries sustained by high school and collegiate athletes and can have devastating results for individual athletes and the team. In the 2005-2006 and 2006-2007 school years, knee injuries made up 15.2% of all high school sports-related injuries. Football, women’s soccer, and women’s gymnastics had the highest risk of knee injury in high school sports. In addition, approximately half of all high school sports injuries that require orthopaedic surgery involved the knee. Most of these were complete ligament tears that medically disqualified athletes for the season.

Source: American Journal of Sports Medicine, April 2014