If you’re a healthy individual, you can use the knee strengthening exercises on this page to do injury prehab, increase your lower body strength and improve your flexibility. The exercises will also make you a better athlete. If you have knee pain, the basic knee strengthening exercises will get you back on the path towards being pain-free, at which point you can progress to performing the more demanding exercises.
Ankle sprains, the common curse of basketball, have caused a curious evolution of the sports shoe. The basketball sneaker, once made of canvas and a thin rubber sole, turned into a piece of high tech equipment. Today shoe companies market their product with claims of better protection and smarter shock-absorption and yet, as many observers of the sport will know, knee and ankle injuries are still very common.
In a previous post we’ve already covered how shock-absorbing shoes cause knee pain through faulty running mechanics. To recap: the cushioned shoes actually don’t absorb anything except the information necessary for our body to move properly. As a result our running mechanics undergo a subtle yet fundamental change and we turn into heel-strikers. Now, if you’re wearing high top shoes with cushioned soles you run even higher risk of knee pain.