A Missing Link in the War Against Knee Injuries

One of the most common complaints in sports is Knee pain and / or knee injury.

If you look at injury statistics, most common field sport injury is the knee.

David Moran, from Kerry GAA blew out his cruciate last year

David Moran, from Kerry GAA blew out his cruciate last year

This article in the Independent yesterday for example:


The best part?

The statistic is for non-contact injuries.

How is this so?

Why is the knee so vulnerable?

Is it really that weak, or is there something that we’re missing?

In my opinion, something is being over looked.

And that, my dear reader, the the movement of the joints BELOW the knee.

In most cases I talk to lads coming back from knee injury and their physio has given them hip and glute strength exercises, which is fair enough and necessary. But when I look down, their feet are flat and deformed looking.

Consider how we have 33 joints in each foot.


Consider how the foot should have three arches and the ability to move from pronation though to supination.

And consider what might happen of that ability is lost.

That movement has to happen somewhere.

Then consider how the industry as a whole freak out at the thought of the knees tracking inside of the second toe, ie into Valgus.

And if we don’t let the knee track inwards, how can the hip internally rotate when the foot is planted?

Where does that torque come out if the ball and socket joint of the hip doesn’t take it up?

football knee

The torque has to come out somewhere.

Where might that happen?

The poor old knee.

So what are we going to do about it?

We’re going to reconsider much of what the current fitness model espouses and hopefully bulletproof the knees by getting the joints above and below it to move more freely with strength and control.

And where possible do this in an integrated manner.

One of the fastest ways to achieve this is via the Anatomy in Motion flow motion model and it’s gait phase stretches.

These stretches promote the foot, ankle, knee and hip to load as an integrated system.

This essentially means that when the hip internally or externally rotates, that rotation is matched in the movement of the foot.