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Taekwondo Knee Injuries & Treatments

A common problem in Taekwondo is knee injuries (due to the spinning and kicking involved in this martial art). Listed below a number of potential martial arts knee injuries. Moreover, to avoid many minor Taekwondo injuries, you must stretch (before and after class) and strengthen your body. For information regarding other potential martial arts injuries (i.e. ankle sprains or pulled hamstrings), please visit our main Taekwondo Injuries page.

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Taekwondo ACL Injury - Damage to your anterior cruciate ligament. See diagram to the right of this page.

Taekwondo LCL Injury - Damage to your lateral collateral ligament. See diagram to the right of this page.

Taekwondo MCL Injury - Damage to your medial collateral ligament. See diagram to the right of this page.

Taekwondo PCL Injury - Damage to your posterior cruciate ligament. See diagram to the right of this page.

Lateral View of the Knee

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Taekwondo Knee Bursitis - Bursa are small sacs located around the knee that reduce friction between your bones, tendons & muscles. These sacs can become inflamed and painful.

Taekwondo Knee Tendonitis - Overuse (esp. in older athletes) can lead to tendon inflammation and pain.
  • Patellar Tendonitis - Injury of the the tendon attaching your kneecap (patella) to your shin (tibia). Also known as "Jumper's Knee". See diagram to the right of this page.

Taekwondo Meniscus Tears - This is an injury to the meniscus (which is a pad that cushions your knee). See diagram to the right of this page.

Knee Fractures - You can break your kneecap during Taekwondo.

Chondromalacia Patellae - This injury occurs mainly in young adults. Instead of gliding smoothly across the lower end of the thigh bone, the kneecap rubs against it, thereby damaging the cartilage beneath the kneecap. Also known as "Runner's Knee".

Iliotibial Band Syndrome - Inflammation of the outer side of the knee. The iliotibial band is a layer of connective tissue that begins on the outside of your hip, crosses the outside of the knee and attaches to the outside of your upper shin bone.


Taekwondo General Overview of Knee Pain & Injuries - Symptoms & Treatment


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