KNEE INJURY PREVENTION AND REHABILITATION
Many people have injuries or symptoms of knee pain, which causes them a lot of discomfort in their daily lives and sometimes brings fears about physical activity, which leads to increased levels of physical inactivity. This is where help from a Personal Trainer can be critical. With proper follow-up tailored to the client's needs, pain can be reduced or even eliminated, restoring confidence and ability to practice physical activity.
Some cases of pain or injury are related to strength imbalances between the quadriceps and hamstring muscles, so it will be necessary to evaluate and subsequently develop the functional capacity and stability of the knee joint, and the muscular balance between these muscles. A hamstring strength imbalance to the quadriceps may be a risk factor contributing to Anterior Cruciate Ligament injury due to the role that the hamstrings play in decelerating and stabilizing the knee joint in extension (Knapik et al., 1991 ). This is a common injury in leisure activities such as skiing, or even a simple soccer meeting between friends. The gym practice, with strength work, mobility, flexibility and balance, can help prevent it or even be critical in recovery after injury.
Another important factor is the relationship of muscle strength between the dominant and non-dominant side, as they are also related to lower limb stability and injury prevention (Agaard et al. 1998 cit in Kim & Jeoung, 2016). It is essential to be concerned with the left and the right, working both bilaterally and unilaterally, and in a concentric and eccentric manner.
If you have any pathology diagnosed or even just pain or discomfort, look for a Personal Trainer, you will certainly feel better and this will not prevent you from practicing physical activity.