I stand by my original confusion about the quadriceps "stretch". What it describes is a quad SET, not a stretch. It instructs to straighten leg and hold. This is an isometric contraction. When your muscle contracts/shortens, it does not stretch/lengthen.
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It didn't answer the question about the need to lose weight before doing some of these exerciess. It's not good to really twist the knees hard and a person who is overweight is putting much more stress on their knees than a person who is of "normal" weight.
I know.. I have had three surgeries all to remove cartilage in my knees... I now have none and must be more careful than ever not to injure my knees.
This is different from the quadriceps stretch you're thinking of. Jen's article aims to strengthen and stretch, so the text is correct. Coach Nicole has added stretching demos to the site. Check them out! http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/exer cise_demos.asp?exercise_type=stretch
I'm sorry...not only would these exercises be easier to do with a visual, but the text instructions are far from clear. I'm especially confused with the quadriceps stretch. According to the description, you straighten your leg and hold. The quadricep is a knee extensor. To stretch it, you'd have to bend the knee, not straighten it. The hamstring stretch...I think I know the one they're trying to describe, but you'd never know it from their description!
I had knee arthroscopy 2 years back and it is the exercising that keeps me going. Nothing excessive but being regular is the key for me. Just trying it out while reading the article made me feel they will work for me. Thanks!
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