Chris Ecklund, MA, PES, LMT
Santa Barbara, California
▶️Coach! Why do My Knees Hurt?!◀️
Common question from athletes.
Many reasons as to why, but here is one that is simple and easy to take care of…
—>Stability, Motor Control and Eccentric Load Capacity
Shown here are a few videos from the NASM PES Workshop I did last weekend. Great crew of fitness and health care professionals all. One of the things I always find myself talking about, though, is how we…”the healthy people and movement professionals…” struggle so much with basic issues. If WE struggle with them, how much more do our athletes, our clients. Nobody is immune.
You can see that as we work through some basic drills, stability, motor control and eccentric capacity are all challenged. Balance is tough. Landing soft is tough. Changing direction efficiently is…tough.
1️⃣ Single Leg Jump and Stick
2️⃣ Single Leg Lateral Jump and Stick
3️⃣ Single Leg Transverse Jump and Stick
4️⃣ Shuffle to Stick
5️⃣ Shuffle Cut to Stick
Only in the last drill (#5) gets into true SSC and Plyometric movement whereas the rest are much more controlled NonCounter Movement and Counter Movement drills (theoretically on the easier end of the spectrum).
—> We often have aches and pains because we are unable to control, stabilize and redirect movement in an efficient way, therefore, our joints take a beating as more of the force is “controlled” for and distributed to passive tissues.
Work harder at stability, motor control and deceleration EARLIER and MORE OFTEN! -
Give me a holler with any questions!