Medial Knee Pain in Dancers with Sami Gurdon – Part 2 – Exercise Interventions

Shot of a sportswoman being helped with a knee injury

In part 2 of our video series we take a more in depth look at exercise interventions and progressions for medial knee pain in dancers. We also address the issue of keeping the dancer active whilst rehabbing knee pain as often their rehearsal and performance schedules simply do not allow rest.

Topics covered:

00:06 – Exercise Interventions for medial knee pain in dancers

00:26 – Phase 1 – Muscle Activation

1:25 – Phase 1 – Muscle Activation – Example Exercises

2:42 – Phase 2 – Compound Muscle Strength

3:33 – Phase 3 – Compound Strength with introduction of depth work & end range strength

4:22 – Rotational based movement & advanced proprioception exercises

6:08 – Conditioning Program – Upper Body Exercises

7:25 – Conditioning Program – Lower Body Exercises

Medial Knee Pain in Dancers with Sami Gurdon – Part 1

 

 

In this video series by our Exercise Physiologist Sami Gurdon we examine the unique issues faced by dancers that can result in medial knee pain and discuss how this can be rectified with an appropriately constructed exercise intervention.

In dancers we find that the development of medial knee pain is usually caused by their excessive ranges of motion and lack of strength at end ranges of motion. In contrast to this we find that in general populations medial pain can more likely be attributed to muscular tension (in adductors, sartorius etc) and instability due to muscle imbalances and poor force dynamics.

Rehabbing medial knee pain in elite dancers poses a couple of issues – we need to rehab the underlying issues of the knee pain, take into consideration the fact that in most cases their volume of training will not stop and also ensure we take active measures to ensure that we maintain fitness, flexibility and mobility as well as proprioception and balance.

0:40 – Causes of medial knee pain in general populations

1:10 – Causes of medial knee pain in dancers

1:32 – Dancers – Strengths vs Weaknesses

2:32 – Occupational postures in dancers

See part 2 in this series for a more in depth look at exercise interventions and progressions for medial knee pain in dancers.