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Tegner score

A scoring system to gauge how disabled one is from one's knee problem in terms of activity.

The Tegner activity scale was designed as a score of activity level to complement other functional scores (eg the Lysholm knee score) for patients with ligamentous injuries. The instrument scores a person's activity level between 0 and 10 where 0 is 'on sick leave/disability' and 10 is 'participation in competive sports such as soccer at a national or international elite level'. It is the most widely used activity scoring system for patients with knee disorders. However, it does not take into account that individuals may be able to participate at a higher level of activity but consciously choose not to or that some people will participate at a higher level of activity but with limitations.

ref Tegner Y, Lysholm J: Rating systems in the evaluation of knee ligament injuries. Clin Orthop 198:43-49, 1985.


Level 10 - Competitive sports- soccer, football, rugby (national elite)

Level 9 - Competitive sports- soccer, football, rugby (lower divisions), ice hockey, wrestling, gymnastics, basketball

Level 8 - Competitive sports- racquetball or bandy, squash or badminton, track and field athletics (jumping, etc.), down-hill skiing

Level 7 - Competitive sports- tennis, running, motorcars speedway, handball

Recreational sports- soccer, football, rugby, bandy, ice hockey, basketball, squash, racquetball, running

Level 6 - Recreational sports- tennis and badminton, handball, racquetball, down-hill skiing, jogging at least 5 times per week

Level 5 - Work- heavy labor (construction, etc.)
Competitive sports- cycling, cross-country skiing,
Recreational sports- jogging on uneven ground at least twice weekly

Level 4 - Work - moderately heavy labor (e.g. truck driving, etc.)

Level 3 - Work - light labor (nursing, etc.)

Level 2 - Work - light labor
Walking on uneven ground possible, but impossible to back pack or hike

Level 1 - Work - sedentary (secretarial, etc.)

Level 0 - Sick leave or disability pension because of knee problems

IKDC or KOOS? - online research by Dr Karen Hambly

26 Jun, 2008

This author has approached the KNEEguru bulletin board members and elicited their co-operation in evaluating two scoring systems widely used by orthopaedic surgeons and researchers. Her objective was to ask the people who had had a...



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