Anterior knee 'health'

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Anterior knee 'health'

Postby Dangerscouse » September 13th, 2017, 5:34 am

I've never really suffered with knee issues despite erging for circa 17 years, until recently when I have substantially increased my erging distances.

After a quick check of my Steve Redgrave's Complete Book of Rowing (very good book) this is actually a common issue with a very simple solution i.e. lie on the floor, one leg bent and one leg extended. Raise the extended, and straightened, leg three inches off the floor and turn the ankle outwards and hold for a count of ten or longer and repeat on the other leg. I have been doing it numerous times throughout the day.

The issue being that one of the four leg muscles is only properly worked in a fully extended leg, something that we won't do, so the other three are being worked far more regularly, eventually leading to muscle imbalance, albeit it might be more relevant to the endurance rowers.

After only a few days I've noticed a marked improvement so it's going to be something I'm going to regularly do
44 Years Old; 6' 4"; 95kg; Liverpool, England 2k= 6:38; 5k= 17:29; 6k= 21:54; 10k= 36:21 30mins= 8,242m 60mins= 16,317m HM= 1:18:40; FM= 2:49:39; 50k= 3:28:18; 75k=5:29:15; 100k= 7:52:44; 12hrs = 153km

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