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Department of Physiotherapy lecturer Gisela Sole said knee injuries were very common in many sports, such as netball, football, and rugby.
Knee injuries often resulted in the sportsperson not being able to return to the same level of achievement and could increase the risk for knee arthritis later on, Dr Sole said.
Statistics from ACC show there were more than 4400 claims for knee injuries from playing sport in the Otago region from June, 2012 to June, 2013. These claims cost more than $5 million.
Dr Sole is leading a study which focuses on whether the type of footwear people wear has an affect on knee injuries.
''Past studies have focused mainly on issues such as muscle strength, balance and co-ordination, and exercise programmes . . . What has been overlooked in the past, is that footwear may also have an influence on the knee movements,'' she said.
Volunteers were needed to help with the study and the researchers were looking for females aged between 18 and 35 who take part in a land-based sport at least twice a week.
Woman had a higher risk of non-contact knee injuries than men, which was why the study would focus on them, she said.
As part of the study, volunteers will wear shoes with special inserts. Their movements will be followed by infrared cameras tracking markers placed on the subject.
The movement will show how the knee is affected when landing from a 20cm drop.
Anyone interested in taking part in the study can contact Dr Gisela Sole, by emailing email@example.com, or by phoning 479-7936.