Last week I wrote a popular blog on knee valgus HERE. The post was very well-received, but I feel that I need to elaborate to keep driving this home to personal trainers and physical therapists. We pretty much have a knee valgus epidemic plaguing the entire world right now, and it’s not very hard to fix if you know what you’re doing.
Case studies have many drawbacks, but they can be very helpful for providing practitioners with methodology that they can integrate into their systems. There are many different ways to go about correcting knee valgus, and below is one approach that I’ve found to be highly effective.
Today’s article comes from legendary strength coach Mike Boyle. This just might be my favorite article ever written for strength & conditioning. So simple, but so important.
I get asked rehab questions all the time. I have rehabilitated athletes in almost every major sport who were told they were “all done” by a doctor or a team trainer. Because people know my background, they often ask for advice.
Most of the time they ignore the advice because the advice does not contain the answer they want. They say “it only hurts when I run”, I say things like “don’t run”.
Most trainers, massage therapists, and strength coaches do not possess an adequate skill-set when it comes to screening and assessment. This isn’t necessarily their fault as it is poorly taught in most of these profession’s educational curriculum. In fact, so many people get very nervous and almost paralyzed by the idea of having to do some screening or evaluation that they choose to do nothing instead. Some people get so carried away with ridiculous assessments that are practically meaningless that it’s easy to see how one could get a nasty case of “paralysis by analysis!”
However, having a basic evaluation system for things like full-body mobility and movement capacity (including stability) will really set you apart from other professionals and allow you to be more effective at your job. The key is to stay within your specific scope of practice and realize that as non-medical professionals, we cannot “diagnose” anything and are simply obtaining information on each client to guide their safety and effectiveness in movement/exercise.