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Leave the Kick-Boxing to the Experts! Your Knees Will Thank You!

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In my opinion, knee pain is probably one of the most common excuses people use to avoid participating in certain exercise endeavors. I know that in my circle of influence, many folks with whom I associate frequently use the status of knee pain as an excuse to not exercise, particularly if that type of exercise comes in the form of running, my true love.

Personally, I have never fully understood knee pain to the extent that many of my friends have. While I will confess to occasional unexpected pop of discomfort when I run that usually lasts for all of 100 yards or so, I somehow have managed to side step the agony of chronic knee pain. In fact, the only injury I have had to my knees in my 47 years was completely self-induced. I was acting in an overly-zealous manner in a kick-boxing class about four years ago and in an effort to impress my intense instructor, I cracked my tibia and ripped my meniscus.

However, as one born of a completely Type A personality, I did not let that injury and the subsequent surgery to repair the damage keep me from pursuing my love of running. I would be mortified if knee problems prevented me from my early morning escape each day.

Nonetheless, the echo of knee pain is always close by, as just this evening as I was on my usual walk with my husband, he indicated that both of his knees have been bothering him lately when he runs. When I asked him for how long he has been experiencing this pain, he referred back to our cruise late last summer. After some contemplation, it dawned on me that perhaps the five mornings we spent running on the track atop the cruise ship had something to do with it. After all, the track was so small that we had to run around it 55 times to get our daily mileage in. Running in the same direction on a slant for that many laps over a course of a week could probably do some damage to the knee and the surrounding tendons and ligaments. Either that or he needs to trade in his old running shoes for a newer pair. I think he has more miles on those than he does on his car!

There are a host of common reasons for knee pain and ligament injuries are very common in the sports arena.

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