Why Dominant Hammies suck for Knees

 

Why is the connection of Grumpy Knees to tight and over-active Hamstrings so strong? So few clients with sore knees have relaxed and loose Hammies - so what is the real connection? Is it all at a level of neuromuscular wiring and muscle imbalance, or is there more?

So happens that there is:

Your Hamstrings (esp your Semimembranosus) attach to the meniscus and posterior capsule of the knee, so if they are overactive they chronically tug at and irritate those structures. Overactive Hamstrings contribute to degenerative changes in the Meniscus of the knee.

In two different scenarios:

  1. Gait - the hyperextending knee is associated with overactive hamstrings and degenerative and inflammatory changes in posterior capsule and meniscus. Every step taken will potentially pinch the anterior part of the meniscus as the tibiofemral joint hyperextends.

    Hyperextension of the knee will compress
    and inflame the anterior horns of the meniscus.
  2. Deep Squat - overactive hamstrings may pull on the posterior horns of the meniscus and posterior capsule and increase shear and compressive stresses at the loaded end of range.


    Deep squat with poor mobility / control
    will compress and inflame the
    posterior horns of the meniscus


So - loosen, loosen, the those Hamstrings! Do it daily and before workouts or pay the price with Grumpy Knees…

Videos start again next week; till then adios!

Ulrik

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