Do you avoid playing any sports that put more strain on your knee’s? Does the idea of playing a game like Netball send a shiver up your spine?
A study at Japan’s Keio University has found that rapid movements such as hopping puts the most strain on your knees (second to hopping was side steps and turning). This is because when you push off the ground your knee fully extends in the air, but as you come back down to the ground your knee doesn’t completely bend which creates a high impact on your joints. This being said if you are someone who loves Netball like me (or whatever sport you may be playing) then there are a few things that you can do to help protect your knees. Strengthening your quads and hamstrings so that they are able to work equally and simultaneously will help to provide more stabilisation for your knees (for some exercises to help strengthen these muscles, please visit our exercise of the week blog). Combine this strengthening with trying to land with your knees bent as much as possible to help with some shock absorption and you will be well on your way to providing your knees with the best strategy for prevention.