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Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Stretching: the IT band

This time, in the category 'stretching' the IT band, or iliotibiale band. The IT band is situated on the outside of your upper leg and is prone to a injury around the knee. With some stretching you can deal with this injury of maybe even prevent it.

The IT band friction syndrome:

The IT band on the outside of your upper leg is attached to your hips, lets say underneath your belt while wearing jeans and runs all the way down to just below your knee where it is attached to your tibia, the shinbone in your lower leg.
Asymmetric loading that pushes the knee outwards will cause friction between the IT band an the outside of the knee joint. This is called the IT band friction syndrome. From my own experience I can tell you it can cause a somewhat nagging  pain while stretching the knee. During running this pain can become more serious and leading to a jolt of pain with every step you take.

So lesson 1: avoid asymmetric loading. So do not run on the same shoulder of the road all the time and when on a beach; turn back in time.

Stretching the IT band

Stretching this IT band can be done in multiple ways.

Method 1: It is a bit like skating on a 400m ice rink and full into the curve....

Method 2: A useful addition to method 1. To my opinion the first method tackles mainly the upper end of the IT band on your hips. This method as shown in the video is more prone to stretch near your knee!

 

Method 3: Is the same as stretching the gluteus maximus (or buttocks) to be found in this posting.

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