IT band key to strong knees

» Posted by on May 25, 2009 in Athletes and Body Work | 0 comments

        Many sports require an athlete’s knees to be punished over and over again. It may be the constant pounding from running, the stop and go of basketball, or the lateral movement of skiing.
        Some knee pain is the result of tight iliotibial bands. The IT band, as it’s more commonly known, starts at the hip and goes along the outside of the leg to the top of the tibia bone. The tibia is one of two bones in the lower part of your leg. The IT band is fibrous tissue and muscle.
        It’s important to keep the knees strong because when IT bands are tight they pull the knee in a lateral direction. Squats and lunges are great knee exercises. Do exercises that use both legs at once as well as single leg exercises.

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