I just got done reading an article by John Collis, Ph.D. in a small town newspaper in North Eastern Ohio called “Mimi.”
Anyhow, the essence of the article Dr. Collis was writing about was regarding how important it is for the tendons and ligaments in the knees that an athlete properly slow down after running.
Dr. Collis states: “Consider an automobile collision. This is clearly an extreme example of ineffective deceleration. Believe it or not, the case of the automobile is similar to what is occurring within the bodies of most athletes. Instead of utilizing the involved muscles to properly slow down, these athletes are relying on their joints and tendons to decelerate. Not only does this method provide an inability to properly stop and reaccelerate, the trauma inflicted on the joints, ligaments, and tendons may eventually lead to injury. It is not a surprise that ACL knee injuries are at an all time high and that females have a 600% greater chance to tear their ACL.”
I do also believe this also applies to those that are not athletes as well and the same type of injuries are able to happen to those people who do not have the strength and flexibility in the tendons and ligaments in their knees thus resulting in knee pain.
Strengthening the knees and even more specifically strengthening the tendons and ligaments in and around the knees is not so straight forward.
Muscles fatigue after 7 seconds then you are strictly working with the tendons and ligaments. So it is important to do an exercise for more than 7 seconds to begin to strengthen the tendons and ligaments surrounding the knees. What is even more important is to understand is the fact that in order to do these exercises longer than 7 seconds we need to know how to breathe.
The combination of these two points is what really is going to build strong flexible tendons and ligaments in our knees that will make them resilient to injury.
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(The Knee Pain Guru)