Ep.1: Knee injuries, and how you are going to prevent it
Shuttle Running, Knee Injuries, and Prevention
Shuttle running is a high-intensity exercise that offers several benefits, including improved speed and agility, increased fitness, and strengthened muscles. Despite its benefits, shuttle running can also result in knee injuries due to the fast-paced, high-impact nature of the drill. This blog will focus on the knee injuries that can occur during shuttle running and provide tips for preventing them.
Knee Joint Structure
The knee joint is a hinge joint that moves in a front-and-back motion. Ligaments and meniscus help prevent side-to-side movements. However, over-exaggerated pivoting or lateral forces can cause sprains or tears to these structures, leading to injury. A faster sprint and a harder surface both increase the risk of injury.
Benefits of Shuttle Running
Despite the risks, shuttle running offers many benefits, including improved efficiency in movements and increased body strength and resistance. To reduce the risk of injury, it is important to ease into the exercise and warm up properly before each session.
Warm Up Exercises
A proper warm-up before shuttle running can help prevent knee injuries. This can include running drills, side-to-side straddles, carioca drills, squats, side-to-side crab walks, and 180 jumps. It is important to focus on the range of motion in all joints and to repeat each warm-up exercise for 5 minutes before starting shuttle running drills.