The words "knee injury" strike fear into the heart of professional athletes and weekend warriors alike. Whether the damage is done to your meniscus tear a ligament, knee injuries can keep you on the sidelines for an extended period of time. A nasty MCL tear sidelined Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger for weeks during the 2015 season; Carson Palmer tore his ACL during the 2014 campaign, which kept him out for the entire NFL season.
Fortunately, you're probably not the kind of guy who faces down NFL linebackers every weekend. So while some knee injuries are unavoidable—especially in contact sports—there are plenty of ways to keep your knees strong and decrease your chances of a serious injury. Whether you're an aspiring powerlifter or just want to keep your joints well-oiled, make sure you learn these tips to stay running smoothly.
Derek Ochiai, M.D., specializes in hip arthroscopy & sports medicine at Nirschl Orthopaedic Center. Follow him on Twitter @DrDerekOchiai.