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Knee pain can occur in different parts of the knee and happen for various reasons. The knee is actually the most unstable joint in our body and gets put through an extreme amount of pressure especially when we do activities like running or jumping. Actually, during activities like running and jumping, the knee must withstand forces two to four times an individual’s own body weight. Think about that for a moment. Because of that small fact, the knee is a prime target for injury. Let’s reduce the risk and avoid knee pain!

 

This week’s question:

Andrew asks: Hey Plant Trainers, I’ve been running a bit lately and have starting to feel some knee pain. I’m not really sure why it’s happening, but is there something I can do about it?

 

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Exercise Descriptions:

Stability Ball Hamstring Curls

  • Begin by lying on your back on the floor with your legs straight, knees slightly bent, heels on top of a stability ball, toes pointed up towards the ceiling.
  • Your arms should be down at your sides, palms down.
  • Lift your hips by pushing down on the ball with your heels; your shoulders, hips and ankles should form a straight line.
  • Roll the ball toward you by pulling your heels in toward your glutes.
  • Keeping your hips off the ground, roll the ball back out to the starting position and repeat.
  • Go for 2-3 sets of 12-15 reps.
  • Perform this exercise using one leg for a greater challenge.

 

Squats

  • Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart.
  • Bend your knees slightly and keep your head level.
  • Lower your hips until your thighs are almost parallel to the floor.
  • Pause briefly, then slowly straighten your legs and hips at the same time.
  • Keep your back flat throughout the exercise.
  • Squat only as low as you can with proper technique.
  • You can increase tension by holding dumbbells while doing the exercise.
  • Do 2-3 sets of 12-15 reps.

 

Lunges

  • Stand with your feet apart, back straight and your head level.
  • Step forward 3-4 feet with your left foot and drop your hips until your back knee nearly touches the floor.
  • Pause briefly, then slowly push back to the start and repeat with the other leg.
  • Don’t bend your front knee beyond your toes.
  • Take it slow.
  • Do 2-3 sets of 12-15 reps for each side.

 

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