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Whose fault is it anyways?

Over the last 6-8 months, I have come across a wide variety of athletes from a wide variety of sports but have noticed a common trend amongst their movement. If you watch your athletes closely during their movement, note the position of their knee relative to their hip and ankle when they land from a jump, lunge to reach a ball or simply get into an athletic ready position. One of the key features you need to be looking at is whether or not the athlete is able to stabilize their knee during these motions. The most common motion which occurs at the knee during these movements is medial rotation of the knee or a collapse of the knee towards the inside. This movement increases the athlete's risk of injury significantly as it adds additional strain to the structures within the knee joint. But what is the exact cause of this collapse? There are two schools of thought on what exactly is causing this motion at the knee and in most cases it is possible that both of these factors are playing a role. The first school of thought is that the athlete has weak hip stabilizers (specifically glute med) which causes a collapse of the opposite hip and subsequently the stabilizing knee. The second school of thought is that this motion occurs due to pronation (or collapse) of the foot which causes the stabilizing knee to collapse. So whose fault is it anyways? The answer to this question depends significantly on who you talk to and what their personal philosophy is. Post on our facebook wall or tweet @MakingStridz if you have any thoughts on this topic...

Brian Shackel, MSc
Owner - Making Stridz Athlete Development