Knee Stretches Reduce Knee Injury
What Causes Knee Injury
Knee Injury occurs as a result of incorrect body mechanics and overuse. Overuse happens when one keeps stimulating a fatigued muscle, causing it to tighten. An injury can then occur if this muscle then becomes quickly stretched due to an antagonist muscle action. that could be any rapid flexion in a joint. Such abrupt actions can lead to tendon and ligament injury at muscle attachment. Proper body mechanics means maintaining center of gravity over your feet and moving joints in accordance with joint type.
You can easily compare what a properly to improperly positioned center of gravity feels like by hinging at your hips. Your hips naturally want to move back to allow your upper body to drop forward. Now shift your hips forward and you will feel your leg muscles working hard to brace your body so that you can maintain your body position without collapsing. That is improper body mechanics if done involuntarily and other than as form of brief muscle toning exercise.
A knee joint has a hinge joint action that permits movement in one plane. Take care to avoid any forceful oblique movements in the knee. To help maintain proper muscle tone and blood circulation around the knee do the following knee stretches.
Iliotibial Knee Stretch
The iliotibial knee stretches relieve tension from the ilium region of hip bone down lateral side thru your lower leg.
Quad stretch helps loosen tight muscles pulling on knee cap.
hamstring-stretch knee stretch helps with proper hip and knee alignment
calf stretch knee stretch using towel does not require flexibility.
If you have knee pain or tight muscles despite your efforts book a sports massage. Injury massages can significantly expedite healing and reduce downtime so you get you back on track.