An Athlete’s Guide to Chronic Knee Pain: Theories and Solutions for Patellar Tendonitis, Jumpers Knee, and Patellar Tracking Problems. – Anthony Mychal

read moreYou can’t run. You can’t jump. You can’t squat. Even standing up from the toilet makes you wince. Your knees are in shambles.

And there you are. In bed. Waiting for a miracle. Waiting for the physiology gnomes to tap your knee with a magical star wand.

Laying around like a slug isn’t the answer to chronic knee pain. (Rest isn’t the answer for most pain, just so you know.) Yet that’s everyone recommends. Rest. Rest. Rest some more. Rest. But “rest” is the cheap answer.

Most rehab theories are based on an arbitrary concept of being damaged one day, resting for a little bit, then being magically healed overnight. But you know this never happens. It’s fairy tale logic.

Don’t get confused. Pain isn’t natural. Pain isn’t hardcore. Or manly. It’s a sign that something is wrong. Wrong isn’t good. But what do you do if your car breaks down? Do you leave it in the garage and hope it fixes itself? If you don’t fix your pain, you’ll always be in pain. Even worse? If you don’t fix the root of the pain, you’ll always flirt with pain.

There’s a difference between pain and the root of pain. You can fix your pain (feel healthy) without fixing the root of pain. You feel healthy…but aren’t fixed. So you feel alright. No pain. So maybe you go strength train and squat or you go play basketball. But then your injury flares right back up.

It’s like this. You have a friend named Kong. (Don’t ask me why his name is Kong.) Kong likes touching hot things. (Don’t ask me why. That’s just Kong. He’s a weird guy.) You’re a good friend, so you get rid of everything that gets flaming hot in his house.

Errr. Not really. Because Kong isn’t really healed. Sure, he’s pain free for now. But that’s only because he’s avoiding the problem. The root of Kong’s problem is his wacky psychological tendency to touch hot things.

So Kong’ll get burned soon enough. He’s still going to touch hot things if he ever sees them. Just like you and your knees. You can avoid the sports and activities you love and feel OK. But when you go back to them? You get burned.

Just because you’re avoiding pain producing activities doesn’t mean you’re fixing the root of the problem. And if you have a problem? You gotta’ fix it. The problem of the problem itself?

Most people fix the wrong area. If your knee is in shambles, you don’t need to fix the knee. You’ve probably done leg extensions. Leg curls. If you’re really into physical culture, you’ve probably done terminal knee extensions.

Take a look at the pictures below. They are random YouTubers doing standing vertical jumps. The guy on the left claims a 30″ vertical jump. The guy on the right, 50″. (Which is very high, so let’s just say 40″ to account for internet inflation.)

Aside from the raw numbers, there’s a difference between the two: I consider one a knee pain candidate, and the other a knee pain conqueror. Below are more still shots from YouTube, but with NFL combine athletes (a little less random than, well, random YouTubers).

Notice how their body positions are more similar to the guy on the right in the first picture? It’s no coincidence. (Rule 39: “There is no such thing as coincidence.”) It has everything to do with both chronic knee pain and athletic ability.

Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. You’ve heard that saying before, right? Makes sense. But if you focus on the fire, you miss the dude running into the woods. The dude that caused the fire. 

Your knee is on fire, no doubt. But it’s not the cause of the fire. And the cause of the fire? More on this soon.

If you don’t know me, my name is Anthony Mychal DeMarco. I’ve written… Read more…

An Athlete’s Guide To Chronic Knee Pain: Theories And Solutions For Patellar Tendonitis, Jumpers Knee, And Patellar Tracking Problems. – Anthony Mychal
An Athlete’s Guide To Chronic Knee Pain: Theories And Solutions For Patellar Tendonitis, Jumpers Knee, And Patellar Tracking Problems. – Anthony Mychal
An Athlete’s Guide To Chronic Knee Pain: Theories And Solutions For Patellar Tendonitis, Jumpers Knee, And Patellar Tracking Problems. – Anthony Mychal
An Athlete’s Guide To Chronic Knee Pain: Theories And Solutions For Patellar Tendonitis, Jumpers Knee, And Patellar Tracking Problems. – Anthony Mychal
An Athlete’s Guide To Chronic Knee Pain: Theories And Solutions For Patellar Tendonitis, Jumpers Knee, And Patellar Tracking Problems. – Anthony Mychal

An Athlete’s Guide To Chronic Knee Pain: Theories And Solutions For Patellar Tendonitis, Jumpers Knee, And Patellar Tracking Problems. – Anthony Mychal

An Athlete’s Guide To Chronic Knee Pain: Theories And Solutions For Patellar Tendonitis, Jumpers Knee, And Patellar Tracking Problems. – Anthony Mychal


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