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there are consistent similarities that athletes struggling with persistent lateral knee pain share. So for those of you who haven't been able to fix your IT Band problems for years, and for those of you who are looking to try to prevent this kind of problem while running, biking, or CrossFitting in the future...here is exactly what I recommend to my patients...
For far too long I've heard people misrepresent CrossFit as a jocks-only club for crazy people that just throw around kettlebells, do muscle-ups, and half-assed versions of olympic lifting. I've had well-respected colleagues scoff at it as a patient(injury)-generating machine, and have had patients assume they'd never be able to do anything "as intense" as CrossFit.
Honestly...I even had some of these misconceptions myself.
But since when did it become OK to have literally zero experience with something and be so against it? My mom used to always tell me "try it, you'll like it". That was usually in reference to green vegetables, but the wisdom is still rooted in there:
Don't trash something you don't have any experience with
Because if we want to have strong, resilient, versatile bodies--bodies that can still do pull-ups at 70 years old, that can pick up and throw our kids in the air without pain well into our 40's and 50's, that can run a sub-7 mile for years on end, that can compete with the best of other CrossFit athletes...
then we have to start with self-awareness and knowing where our current capacities are at...so we can make them better!
In this video, Seth responds to a fantastic question asked over on our Facebook page!
It's finally here. The summer of 2017 - and it's going to be a great one.
Instead of focusing on beach bodies and vacations - I'm joining the growing group of physical therapists and other movement experts who are choosing to make this summer the #SummerOfMove. It's a national campaign organized by Free The Yoke and its main goal: to bring awareness to the innumerable benefits of exercise and encourage others to get out there and move more! More on that below...
A better strategy for foam rolling your IT Band?
Don't do it. Just stop.
But enough of that negative talk - let's get on to HOW you might be able to address IT Band problems better with a foam roll and WHY smashing your IT Band directly isn't a good idea.
During a yoga class I often ask my students to begin their practice by setting an intention. This intention should reflect the best of what life has to offer. Virtues like love, forgiveness, presence, patients, kindness, gratitude, and letting go are great examples.
"I have an osteophyte," she said, on the verge of tears.
"The doctor told me I have an osteophyte right in the lumbar spine...I'll probably need injections at least, and maybe even surgery."
This patient had been making excellent progress so far. Her back pain had been progressively diminishing over our past few sessions, and she had been noticing significant gains in her ability to do things like lunge down to the ground to play with her pet and walk outside on the local trail. And then she came in after a follow up physician visit to share with me the news of an uninvited, terrifying osteophyte which was now attacking her body.
But here's the thing.
Sometimes life is a little uncomfortable, and doesn't go the way you plan. In those moments, we have a choice:
to allow the experience to be ruined...