Thursday, May 10, 2012

Knee pain?

I am a runner. One of the most common injuries for runners is IT (Illiotibial) band pain. I wanted to know more about how to stretch and strengthen it, but first I will tell you a little bit about it. IT band pain is pain that occurs mainly from overuse. It usually occurs in individuals who are over-training or running a certain way. The IT band is rubbing against the knee causing inflammation to occur. The pain is on the outside of your knee. Here is a picture of where the pain is located on a right injured leg.

I found some great exercises. These two stretches have come from the May 2004 issue of Running Times Magazine. There are more exercises if you want to check them out. The pictures below are demonstrating a right IT band injury, so if it's your left leg that is hurting, do the opposite. 

Stretch #1: You pull your food up to the back of your buttocks. Then cross your uninjured leg over the injured leg and push down for 30 seconds.

Stretch #2: You cross your injured leg over the uninjured side and pull the leg as close to your chest as possible. Hold for 15-30 seconds.

Challenge: If you have IT band syndrome, incorporate one of these stretches into your workout. If not, let me know about something you would like to stretch and work on.

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