Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Range Tweaks

If an exercise causes pain, it doesn't mean you need to abandon that exercise. In this month's JOSPT, researcher's measured patellofemoral joint forces in short vs. long lunges. In this case, more WAS better- if you have PFSS that is. The longer lunge reduced knee flexion, therefore reduced retro patellar stress. You could use the same stategy for your step ups & squats. However, it is only one strategy. If you understand the kinetic link concept, there are ways to INCREASE joint flexion while DECREASING retro patellar stress. Stay tuned...

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