Faculty Sponsor

Jana Stedman




Physician Assistant Program

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Symposium Date

Summer 7-26-2023


Introduction: The goal of this research is to evaluate the effect of proper preventative exercises that contribute to the reduction of knee injuries in athletes. With this information coaches, players, and providers may be able to implement these exercises to reduce future injuries.

Methods: This study was conducted using research from online databases such as Ebsco Host, PubMed, and Google Scholar. The primary endpoint for the search was the impact of strengthening exercises on injury reduction. The total number of studies this search yielded were 610 with 143 systematic reviews, 96 meta-analyses, 144 randomized controlled trials, and 227 other types.

Results: Injury prevention programs have proven benefits for athletes of many different sports. Implementing injury prevention programs reduce the number of injuries during the sport as well as long term effects of the injuries.

Conclusions: The results of these studies emphasize the importance of implementing an injury prevention program for athletes. Overall, current data reflects the benefits of implementing IPPs for young athletes.

Keywords: neuromuscular training, knee injuries, ACL injuries, athletes, injury prevention, multi-ligament knee injuries.

Biographical Information about Author(s)

Gianna has a special interest in Orthopedic Surgery and plans on working in Ortho after graduation. She is a student member of the American Academy of Physician Associates (AAPA), as well as the Valparaiso University Physician Assistant Student Society (VUPASS). She will be presenting on “Knee Injury Prevention in Athletes” because she has a passion for sports medicine and working with athletes.