The knee extension machine is present in most gyms across the United States. While many people use this machine, many others do not for fear of causing damage to their knees. Why is it that some people fear the knee extension machine? Is it safe to use? Is it a useful tool? Is it “functional” ? This article will teach you why the knee extension machine is safe, why it can be crucial to overcoming knee pain, and how to include it in your exercise or rehabilitation program.

Running is one of the most efficient, effective, and most convenient forms of exercise that can be performed anywhere, at any time! Saving money on a gym membership, taking in the beauty of your surrounding city or neighborhood, there are so many benefits to the activity. The thought of it is simple. Put on some shoes, lace them up, and get after it. Simple right? Not exactly. That wonderful "running high" you feel can quickly turn into a nagging pain or injury that can leave you in an uncomfortable state where that moment of striding down your favorite route turns into a frustrating and painful walk back to your home. In fact, Runner’s Knee is one of the most common injuries that can be a nuisance to get rid of. In this article, we will cover runner's knee causes and treatment, modifiable risk factors related to this condition, and evidence-based strategies to effectively get you back to running feeling better than ever, including a FREE [P]Rehab workout!

Have you ever strained your hamstring before? You’re not alone! Hamstring strains are among the most common acute musculoskeletal injuries. Athletes who participate in track and field, soccer, and football are especially prone to these injuries given the sprinting demands of these sports. One study found that over a 10-year span in the NFL, the occurrence of hamstring strains was second only to knee sprains. The average number of days lost for athletes with hamstring strains ranged anywhere from 8 to 25 days, which equated to missing up to 4 NFL games or 25% of the season. Even more concerning is that hamstring re-injury rates are extremely high, especially during the first two weeks after return to sport. In fact, over 33% of hamstring reinjuries will reoccur during this time (2). But even with the extremely high reoccurrence rates, there are risk factors that can be addressed now with a proper [P]Rehab routine. In this article, we’ll break down everything you need to know about hamstring strains and the best [P]Rehab exercises for the hamstrings.

Plyometrics exercises should be an integral part of any lower extremity rehab or injury prevention program to increase power development and to teach proper absorption movement mechanics. In the rehab realm, you could argue that it's even more important to learn how to absorb forces than to increase power development - although you will work on both through proper plyometric progressions. Absorption forces need to be progressed appropriately, as overloading a sensitive tendon or weight-bearing structure like the meniscus can lead to a slower rehabilitation process. Even more of a problem is skipping out on plyometric progressions all together - as this leaves the athlete unexposed to the high amount of forces and loads that they undoubtedly will face in day to day life like going down a flight of stairs, taking a misstep and needing to put your foot down to prevent a fall, going on hikes with friends and family, and ultimately sport demands! This article will cover some of the tenants of plyometric progressions and special considerations for rehab!

Progressing exercises is a systematic and organized approach that should be individualized to each person depending on their health, fitness level, and specific goals. The great part about exercise is that everyone is able to start somewhere! No matter what that starting point is for you, the only direction from there is UP. In this article, we will discuss a linear progression of how to progress lower extremity injuries in the clinic. It is imperative to master the fundamentals before working on highly skilled movements. This progression is inspired by the 'Powers Program', which is an evidenced-based lower body exercise progression developed by Dr. Chris Powers, DPT, Ph.D. from the University of Southern California (USC). This program will begin with non-weight bearing isometric holds, don't let these exercises fool you - they are extremely challenging! We then progress to static double leg weight-bearing exercises, followed by single-leg exercises, and finish the exercise progression with dynamic strengthening movements. Follow along in this article to learn how to progress lower body exercises!

Soccer is the world’s most popular sport and demonstrates continued growth in the United States each year. Over 13 million Americans play soccer, and according to US Youth Soccer, there are over 3 million youth soccer players registered in the United States today. Although there are benefits to playing soccer such as improved cardiovascular health, strength, and self-esteem, there are also some inherent risks involved. One study found that there were over 2.4 million soccer-related injuries leading to an Emergency Room visit between the years 2000 and 2012. Another study showed that soccer is the high school sport with the highest risk of injury for female athletes (1-3). In this article, we will highlight the most common injuries seen in soccer and teach you research-based soccer prehab exercises to help prevent these injuries!

After surgery, understanding how to improve knee flexion is absolutely critical. While we’ve discussed the importance of regaining knee extension extensively, restoring knee flexion is a close runner up for your rehab goals after surgery. Restoring knee flexion is often not comfortable (as can be for any motion after surgery!), but with dedication and consistent time spent working on your mobility, we are confident you can get there! In this article, we’re going to cover some of our favorite exercises to improve knee flexion after surgery!

No gym, no problem! This article will help you master an at-home workout routine. With home workouts, you likely don't have much exercise equipment. There are a plethora of exercises that you can perform to keep your body in shape. With all the at-home routines I have seen performed, there is one piece many often don't fully understand. That is properly super-setting or pairing exercises. This is achieved by super-setting muscles that perform opposing movements. An example of a superset is to perform a bicep curl paired with a tricep extension, NOT to perform two different bicep exercises after each other. This article will give you a better idea of how to be efficient with your home workouts, we will provide some examples that you can perform at home today to master home workouts!

Take your home workouts to the next level with bodyweight chair exercises! Similar to a bench in a traditional gym, you can use a chair in a variety of different ways to get an absolutely killer bodyweight chair workout. Whether it's your arm, elbow, knee, or feet on the chair, your core has to be absolutely rock solid and strong in order to perform bodyweight chair exercises. Let's just say that chairs are not just for sitting on! In this article, we will show you 10 killer bodyweight chair exercises to challenge your home workouts.

How many times have you heard from your trainer, physio, or coach to not let your knees go over your toes?! One too many times I would say! The recommendation to never let your knees go over your toes is rooted in misinformation and unjustly injects fear into a very normal and simple movement that you perform countless times throughout the day as you are getting out of a chair, going downstairs, or kneeling on the ground. But this improper advice even extends to the weight room and gym, where you'll hear that squatting deep or lunging with your knees over toes will blow up your knee.  This widespread inaccurate advice and fear is a pandemic I'm going to call "knee-bola". In this article, I'm going to show you what happens when your knees go past your toes and why we need to eliminate knee-bola once and for all!