Overcoming Knee Pain in Natural Movement and Parkour

Have you ever suffered chronic knee pain? This can be a crippling and confusing experience for an athlete. You might be told you have tendonitis, tendonosis, or patellofemoral pain syndrome, all of which amounts to little more than the Dr telling what you already know that is that your knees hurt. Prescriptions will usually be to stop impact sports, ice your knees and take pain killers none of which actually solve the issue.

I first was shut down by it in 2006, for 18 months I suffered bouts of inability to straighten my right knee completely without pain, and being unable to jump off that leg. I saw one of the world best orthopedists who worked with Seattles professional sports teams. He told me I chondromalacia a chronic breakdown of the cartilage on the inside of my patella. He suggested my tendency to this was genetic that I would need a knee replacement by 35 and that I should stop all high impact athletic activities.

I was not willing to accept that verdict I found a Physical Therapist who saw things differently and in just a few weeks she had almost completely cured my knee problems. Using the drills I got from her as a base I went on to help many athletes in the parkour community overcome knee pain and over the years I learned from greats in mobility and prehabilitation like Kelly Starret, Functional Range Conditioning, Kit Laughlin, Todd Hargrove and more.

Just last november though I developed a bad case of knee pain again after a long and intense training and teaching tour of europe. This didn’t scare me though because I knew I had the tools to heal myself and this is the exact routine I used to bring my knee back to full function in just 6 weeks.

If you’re currently suffering knee pain or you want to make sure you won’t have to, give this a try. Of course this is not medical advice and should not be misconstrued as such I can not diagnose the cause of your pain in a blog post and there are times when you do need a Dr’s attention but for most people suffering knee pain this series of exercises can be extremely helpful.

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  • Norman

    I never saw a routine like this! I love it and will implement it… My left knee sucks a lot. Thanks Rafe!

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