Blog #21: Incidence of Meniscus Injury by Chris Schattinger, MS, CSCS, CISSN

Injury to the meniscus seems to occur almost as frequently as injury to the ACL.

Injury to the meniscus occurs at a rate of 60-70 per 100,000 people and are most common in men ages 21 to 30 and women ages 11 to 20.

Meniscal tears are more common in males with the male: female ratio ranging from 2.5:1 to 4:1.

Activities with highest incidence of meniscal injury are sports or jobs with excessive time spent in the squat position.

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Greis, P. E., Bardana, D. D., Holmstrom, M. C., & Burks, R. T. (2002). Meniscal injury: I. Basic science and evaluation. Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 10(3), 168-176.