Knee

Lunges are one of the most commonly performed exercises in rehab and general fitness alike - and for good reason. You are able to target different muscle groups or movement patterns just simply by changing up lunge directions from forward, to backwards, to sideways, or even into a curtsey squat. In this article, we're going to dissect one of the easiest ways to spice up your lunges by simply changing directions.

We interviewed renown orthopedic surgeon Dr. Nima Mehran to talk all about all things related to the anterior cruciate ligament or ACL. With over 200,000 ACL injuries per year and over half of those injured going to go surgery, the ACL is a hot topic within the performance and health fields alike. But what is the ACL? What does the ACL do? Do you need surgery after an ACL injury? We answered all those questions and more in this fantastic interview!

Orthopedic surgeons and physical therapists work hand in hand to deliver the best possible care to their patients. We both work in the field of orthopedic and sports and one of the most prevalent injuries we see are injuries to the meniscus. For that reason, we teamed up with a fellowship-trained and board-certified orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Nima Mehran (@drnimamehran), to give you the most straightforward answers to all of your burning questions about the meniscus. What is it? Do I have a tear? Do I need surgery? What is rehab like? We answer all of that and more in this multi-disciplinary and collaborative interview and article!

So you want to change running form? It is not uncommon for runners to explore changing how they run. Whether it's exploring different training methods, switching shoes, or adjusting how their foot contacts the ground - some runners will try anything to improve performance and minimize pain and injury risk. In this article, you will learn common running forms, running specific exercises, when shoes matter, and how to change running form safely.

Why do some athletes jump higher, sprint faster, and cut quicker than others? It is because of Power! A common misconception is that training for strength by loading large amounts of weight directly increases athleticism; however the transfer to your athletic endeavors are not made by simply lifting heavy loads. Power=Work/Time, meaning there is a velocity or speed component when training for power. This article will demonstrate 5 exercises that you can perform with just a Kettlebell to increase your rate of force production and level up your Power!ย 

Knee surgery prehab exercises that include range of motion and strengthening exercises have been shown to improve strength and function prior to surgery, improve strength and function after surgery, can potentially decrease hospital stay times, and improve long term function and quality of life! We have put together some of our favorite knee prehab exercises to jumpstart your road to recovery, better yet it may even spare you from surgery for the time being. Continue reading!

The split stance position is hands down one of the most underutilized positions when it comes to leg day workouts and lower extremity rehab. The split stance position can and should be utilized as a transitionary stance between double leg and single leg positions. Double legย support positions like in the squat and deadlift are great for developing strength and power; however, they can hide asymmetries from side to side and don't truly test the body's ability to coordinate complex movement patterns. This is why single leg exercises are a staple in many strength and conditioning and rehabilitation programs alike. However, many people struggle with single leg exercises like single leg Romanian deadlifts, step downs, and single leg hopping due to a lack of coordination, balance, strength, or all of the above. This is where the split stance position shines and can be utilized to "bridge the gap" to single leg exercises. Learning to own the split stance position will elevate your gym games and [P]Rehab your legs alike!

Single leg strengthening exercises are truly functional. Yes, I said the F-word. Single leg strengthening exercises are functional because they help with making activities of daily living easier, can improve athletic performance, can help with longstanding aches and pains, and can even reduce the risk of injury. It is essential to incorporate single leg strengthening exercises to your training regime, as it reinforces the principles of prehab. In this article, you will learn our go-to single leg strengthening exercises that everyone can benefit from.

Injuries are unavoidable. $HiT happens! Whether it's your knee, ankle, or hip, you need to follow a systematic return to running protocol to ensure that you've built up the adequate strength to run. Returning to running after an injury without a plan is like running a marathon without buildingย up your mileage. It puts your body at increased risk of future re-injury! Followย these easy steps and you'll be back to running in no time!

Step-ups will always be a staple drill in rehabilitation and strength and conditioning programs when it comes to working with runners. Considering the unilateral, weight-bearing nature of the step-up, it effectively challenges recruitment patterns analogous to those encountered during routine activities of daily living and sport.
This article is a must read for any runner and one of the best articles you will readย hands down regarding strength training for runners - all focused around the step up. It's written by renown running expert and physical therapist Dr. Christopher Johnson. He's not just an academic, but also a 2x Kona Qualifier and currently ranked 16th (AG) in the country for long course racing. So let's just say he knows a thing or two about running performance! Chris was kind enough to release thisย chapter of his ebook Running On Resistance FREE for you guys here in this article. If you like what you read (and we know you will), you can save 15% on his book using the code "stepupsforgains" here.