Here are some interesting statistics about knee pain and your pretty little knees.
Your knees are the most common body part injured, according to studies of thousands of recreational athletes.
Knee injuries occur most frequently with Alpine skiers, with the MCL/ACL (ligament) sprains being the most frequent, often times due to catching an edge. Snowboarders come in second, due to falling on the knees or twisting the knee while getting on/off chairlifts. Telemark skiers have the fewest knee injuries and the fewest injuries overall.
Do you know many knee injuries for skiers and riders occur when your knees are extended, almost straight, then flexed. That may explain why telemark skiers have lower injury rate with their knees. You may be thinking that is odd, because telemark skiers use more energy in lunge position, increasing the force at the knee. That sounds painful. That is true. However, telemark skiers are all very smart, strong and handsome. Just kidding. I know “NO-one cares if you are telemark skier”. Now back to your knees.
Here is the deal. Your knee is a better shock absorber when it is flexed. When it is straight, especially when landing from a jump or bumps, your knee will not able to absorb that shock and BAM, you have knee pain.
Keep that in mind when doing any kind of sport. Bend those knees. Not only to help with agility but bending your knees may prevent injury.
Now think of this. If keeping your knees bent helps prevent injury, then you should get strong in a knee bent position. You guessed it! Squat! Squatting is almost 7x the force of your body weight. What 7x??Walking is only about .5x your body weight. Stairs are about 3x. Squatting provides an enormous amount of force at your knees. Squatting is great way to help get your quads and knees strong for recreational activities. But if you can not squat without knee pain, then you may at risk for injury. And take it from us, the knee experts, if you can not squat without pain, then do not squat. Painful strengthening just leads to more pain and more problems.
If you are having pain with squatting, then please give us a call 802 861 6700. Call the knee experts at Green Mt Rehab & Sports Medicine. Best physical therapy in Burlington VT. greenmtrehab.com