Patient Information Resources

1089 Spadina Road
Toronto, AL M5N 2M7
Ph: 416-483-2654
Fax: 416-483-2654

Child Orthopedics
Spine - Cervical
Spine - Lumbar
Spine - Thoracic

View Web RX

« Back

Is there any truth to the idea that hyperextension at the knees increases my chances of a knee injury?

Ligamentous laxity has been linked with athletic injury. It's commonly believed that knee hyperextension puts people at risk for anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury. There isn't much to back that idea up. Only one study has been done in this area.

Researchers at the SUNY Upstate Medical University in New York reported on the effect of knee hyperextension and ACL injury. They looked at joint mobility among college athletes. White men and women were included. They found both knee and elbow hyperextension were common among athletes who had noncontact ACL tears.

Women have more ACL injuries than men--even when both have generalized ligamentous laxity and hyperextended joints. So female gender is a risk factor, too.


« Back

*Disclaimer:*The information contained herein is compiled from a variety of sources. It may not be complete or timely. It does not cover all diseases, physical conditions, ailments or treatments. The information should NOT be used in place of visit with your healthcare provider, nor should you disregard the advice of your health care provider because of any information you read in this topic.

All content provided by eORTHOPOD® is a registered trademark of Mosaic Medical Group, L.L.C.. Content is the sole property of Mosaic Medical Group, LLC and used herein by permission.