Kabaddi has emerged as a professional sport and has been gaining popularity especially after the inception of Pro Kabaddi League in 2014. The league has attracted a lot of international players as well as celebrities from other professions too. The league is a boon to the sport but with enhancement and promotion, things also get changed with every regard.
A sport can’t stay away from injuries relating to it and a prominent injury in Kabaddi includes “Kabaddi Knees”. The injury is more often found in school kids who play the sports more prominently . It was found that the knee is the most injury prone site, followed by the ankle. The knee is the body part which is directly involved in nearly every game, and particularly so in kabaddi.
A former kabaddi player has been quoted as saying in an interview: “I’ve got kabaddi knees. I left kabaddi because both my knees got injured badly.”When we used to play, there was muddy playing surface and no medical support. For the whole team there was just one pain relieving spray which helped us relieve the muscle pain, and we used to go ahead and finish off the match.
“The reason the knee got injured so often was because I was a defender and used to be at the corner position and whenever I had to stop a raider, I had to be in a partially squatting position and then stop or hold on to the raider, or rapidly sit and get up. This caused a lot of pressure on my knees. Once the knee pain started it also affected my leg movements and playing fitness.”
The reasons behind the injury can be weak core strength, playing on uneven surface, lack of awareness knee injuries and kind of shoes.