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Runners with knee pain are told to stretch and strengthen their quads, the muscles that are linked to the knee. However, studies have shown that strengthening the hips and trunk was more effective than just working the quads. Increased stability in the hips and trunks led to better movement patterns, freeing the knees from excessive force. According to a study by Harvard University, striking the ground with your foot beneath your knee, instead of in front of it, reduces “braking” and lessens impact forces. The study went on to say the best method of landing was 170 steps per minute....

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