You ever experience knee pain? Or does your son or daughter often complain about a pain just below the knee in the patella area? You might hear them say it is just sensitive even to the touch also when they move in certain positions or particularly when they jump really high or run long distances. Well this is not a very uncommon occurence especially in athletes whom are in the age group of 12-16. What the athlete is suffering from some might say are simply.....growing pains, which actually isn't far from the truth. A more direct diagnosis would be Osgood- Schlatter disease which is inflammation and irritation of the patellar ligament and the tibial tuberosity (larger bone in lower leg, at the top).
Often there can even be a lump in the area of the pain for the athlete, it can cause them to not want to train, and even be painful enough to want to sit out a full competitive season. These common characteristics of Osgood-Schlatter were all things that Declan Brown, a 14 year old football and baseball player and future Layton Lancer, walked into Apex experiencing. A very lean athletic build (skinny), Declan was looking for a program to get involved in that would help him put on size and gain strength yet his parents were looking for answers to help treat his knee pains.
I was able to discuss the potential problems of what could be bothering his knees and also explain that introducing Declan to proper movement patters through the Squat, Dead Lift, Lunge, Step up could help treat the pain. As we would introduce new movement to him, he would then run, jump and even land more correctly.....yes you can jump and land "wrong". After hearing the potential of the class for his knees and then the obvious that he would get bigger and stronger, they signed up for the proram.
Fast forward 3 months later, Declan has been one of the most consistent athletes that I have had since opening Apex and that includes attendance and work ethic. He has learned how to squat, dead lift, power clean, step up, lunge (in multiple plains of direction), and also jump, land and run more effeciently. Declan first came in squatting with minimal loads, even just the barbell at times. Declan can now load the bar to nearly 150lb. with flawless technique, he can do numerous pull ups strict or kipping, dead lift, while I don't have his direct number, has gone out the roof. Aside from the strength numbers he has put on about 20lb. of lean body tissue. Oh and did I forget to mention that he has now been training for almost 2 months with nearly no knee pain at all! When proper movement can be applied and practiced consistently, through a full range of movement it can be therapeutic! Declan himself is excited to see what will come of this new found strength and speed, "I'm a lot stronger so it will be easier to block or run the ball in football and I will be able to throw a baseball a lot harder or faster."