Runner's knee is one of the most common overuse injuries among distance runners. You know you have it if your knee aches and it's more painful walking down the stairs than up. Often times you'll feel fine while you're running but shortly after, the pain sets in.
Why do we get Runner's Knee?
While not the only reason, runners are notorious for having weak glutes and tight hip flexors and or IT Bands. This is a problem because it can lead to your leg falling inward in and at the same time, pulling the kneecap laterally or toward the outside. Now your kneecap doesn't track straight thus you have pain.
How do we prevent/fix it?
There are many strength, flexibility and soft tissue release exercises we can and ought to do to help prevent and or fix runner's knee. In the video below, I demonstrate just one of my favorite strength exercises for runners. The band resisted split squat with the resistance coming from the front. Please forgive the camera angle.
How is that band attached?
It's a full loop band that is simply looped thought another and hooked onto the wall in front of me. Visit my partners page to get yourself the best bands in the industry!
As always, if you have any questions, feel free to comment below or email me.
About the author: Brian Kirshenbaum is a Strength & Conditioning Specialist, comedy magician and pizza maestro in pursuit of the balance between fitness and fun!
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