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  • Writer's pictureLuke Nelson

Knee pain? Don't neglect the calves

🦵Below the knee is the key... 🐮

If you are assessing knee pain, here's why you can't neglect the role of the calves.

During the running gait, the highest demand placed on the quadriceps and knee occurs at midstance. 🏃‍♂️ This is also when the calves, particularly the soleus, experience their greatest demand (Dorn, 2012). 💪🦵

Weakness in the calves can potentially increase the demands on the quadriceps and knee, which may lead to the development of issues. ⚠️

Therefore, if you are dealing with knee pain, assessing and addressing any loss of strength in the calves is crucial! 🔍🦵💥

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  • Dorn TW, Schache AG, Pandy MG. Muscular strategy shift in human running: dependence of running speed on hip and ankle muscle performance J Exp Biol. 2012 Jul 1;215(Pt 13):2347


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