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Old 02-21-2005, 08:20 AM   #10
Jeffrey A. Fong
Dojo: Aikido Tacoma
Location: Tacoma
Join Date: Oct 2002
Posts: 32
Re: Knee health and Aikido

Some things to consider:
1) use good technique - be gentle and precise in your movement; 2) lose weight; 3) increase flexibility to help that patella track right (stretch!); 4) strengthen the relevant muscle groups to ensure stability of joint; 5) be aware of your body's limitations (age, "wear and tear" resulting from hard use and genetics; our bodies have different tolerances based upon the genetic "gifts" our parents bestowed upon us, plus, you didn't think all those years of climbing and trail running didn't come without a price tag, did you?); 6) and lastly, no armchair diagnoses. Go see a qualified sports orthopaedist and do your physical therapy!
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