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Take good care of your knees today

Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding, a month after the incident. AP Photo/Doug Mills

Many assume the majority of sports-related knee injuries occur due to direct contact -- as was the case with the blow Nancy Kerrigan suffered 19 years ago today in the whack heard ’round the world -- but studies prove otherwise. Contact only accounts for 30 percent of knee injuries in sports. Specialists say more ligament tears occur from improper landing, cutting and pivoting techniques than player-to-player or player-to-object hits. And, as (bad) luck would have it, due to physical makeup differences, women are four to six times more likely to sustain knee injuries than men.

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