Information & Requirements

Preventing Knee Injuries

Girls who participate in neuromuscular training programs, like the Knee Injury Prevention Program​ (KIPP), are up to nine times less likely to injure their ACL. We offer two different tracks for individuals interested in KIPP:

  • Individual athletes or a team can participate in a six-week training program. For more information read KIPP for Girls.
  • The Institute for Sports Medicine will train coaches of female athletic teams in a 15-minute structured warm-up incorporating injury prevention exercises. For more information read KIPP for Coaches.

The video below, produced by the American Academy of Pediatrics, features Cynthia LaBella, MD, and explains the importance of our neuromuscular training program for girls in sports.


Our KIPP team is committed to scientific research to further our understanding of the mechanisms and prevention of sports-related knee injuries. All KIPP participants are invited to contribute to our ongoing research by completing three short questionnaires. The new information we gain from this research will be directly applied to future KIPP sessions.

Questions & Registration

Please complete the following forms to participate in KIPP. Once forms are completed please fax to 312.227.9404 or mail to: 

Institute for Sports Medicine
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
225 E. Chicago Ave, Box 69
Chicago, IL 60611

Group rates available. Please call 312.227.6201 for more information.

To learn more about KIPP or about the treatment and prevention of sports injuries in children and teens, contact Cynthia LaBella, MD, Pediatric Sports Medicine, Lurie Children's, at 312.227.6527 or make an appointment by calling 1.800.543.7362 (1.800.KIDS DOC). You can also request an appointment online​.

​In the News

Dr. LaBella released a report in association with the American Academy of Pediatrics detailing the importance of neuromuscular training programs for girls in sports.

Read about the report on NBC News.