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Knee injury and ACL tear prevention programmes (PEDro synthesis)
  1. S Eileen Meyer,
  2. Tiê P Yamato,
  3. Bruno T Saragiotto
  1. The George Institute for Global Health, Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  1. Correspondence to S Eileen Meyer, The George Institute for Global Health, Level 3/50 Bridge Street, NSW 2000, Sydney, Australia; saraeile{at}

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This section features a recent systematic review that is indexed on PEDro, the Physiotherapy Evidence Database ( PEDro is a free, web-based database of evidence relevant to physiotherapy.

▸ Donnell–Fink LA, Klara K, Collins JE, et al. Effectiveness of knee injury and anterior cruciate ligament tear prevention programs: a meta–analysis. PLoS ONE 2016;10:e0144063.


Knee injuries account for 10 to 25% of all sport-related injuries in young athletes.1 Athletes performing jumping, pivoting and cutting are at high risk to knee injury, including anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears. This can cause instability, damage to menisci or cartilage, and early osteoarthritis.2–4 The USA reports ∼250 000 ACL-related injuries yearly,5 of which 80 000–100 000 result in reconstructive surgeries.6 There has been a growing body of research investigating prevention programmes for knee and ACL injuries. These programmes usually focus on neuromuscular and proprioceptive training aiming to reduce landing forces …

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  • Contributors SEM, TPY, BTS selected the systematic review, interpreted the data and wrote the manuscript.

  • Funding Tiê Parma Yamato is supported by CAPES (Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel), Brazil, and Bruno Tirotti Saragiotto is supported by CNPQ (National Council for Scientific and Technological Development), Brazil.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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