Thread: Weak Knee/Leg Advice
6/09/2008 1:43am, #1
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Weak Knee/Leg Advice
I injured my left knee about a month ago (popped the knee cap). It's been doing fine, and I've been jogging and doing many light squats and leg lifts as is normal to increase quadricep strength and tightness. I've been practicing BJJ for a little over a year, although last month of that was just watching and helping newer people get basics of rolling.
Luckily, my ortho doctor also practices BJJ, which was a bonus. He said that I could be ok with rolling because there was practically nothing wrong as seen from a recent mri. He recommended using the half guard as my left knee/leg would be bad at locking in until I regained muscle mass from walking. He was correct. My closed guard is weak as I can't really lock my left knee in and break postures with it.
So far, I've been doing almost what I do in open guard in half guard. I normally hook with my right leg to destroy balance and attempt kimuras or leg sweeps. It's been sort of fun rolling with a weaker left leg as well as a good learning experience; it makes me think deeper. So, are there any other suggestions as to developing one legged techniques, or things I should ask of my more experienced buddies? They've been helping me develop my half guard game.
6/09/2008 1:54am, #2
Weight training. Leg extensions for kneecap issues. Hamstring curls for ACL issues. Deadlifts for general conditioning.
SWIMMING FOR (almost) ALL KNEE INJURIES.
(Oh yeah - TIME OFF TRAINING. Sucks. But it has to be done. The twisting and shearing forces that grappling produces isn't exactly the best thing for rehabilitation)
6/09/2008 10:49am, #3Originally Posted by Yrkoon9
After 3 major knee reconstructions over 20 years, I have no ACL and the docs won't do another reconstruction because the operation itself will further **** up the knee (arthritis etc)...
So the question is, is there any point in trying grappling if I know right off the bat that my knee will limit how hard I can roll? Am I pretty much just asking for another bad injury?Jesus loves you. I think you're an asshole.
6/09/2008 4:22pm, #4
Originally Posted by Grashnak
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You got to keep in mind that in any contact sport you'll have a chance of injuring yourself. If you make sure to take proper steps (properly warm up, wear a brace, don't engage in locks that cause stress to your knww) you'll probably be ok. Just make sure you let your instructor and training partners know your situation.
I have to ask what your desire in learning grappling is. If your wanting to be a top MMA or sub grappling champion, your knee will probably slow you down. If your goal is to learn something new then I say go for it but be protective of your body.
6/09/2008 4:26pm, #5Originally Posted by CoffeeFanJesus loves you. I think you're an asshole.
6/09/2008 5:48pm, #6Originally Posted by Yrkoon9
6/09/2008 9:17pm, #7Originally Posted by Yrkoon9
6/09/2008 9:30pm, #8Originally Posted by Macungah
It strengthens rapidly because there is constant resistance but there is no jarring at all. Conversely, it needs more stretching to keep flexible.
Does your patella stay in place now and track properly? Any tendon damage?
6/09/2008 10:52pm, #9
Originally Posted by JingMerchant!
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Also, stationary biking is GREAT for your knees. low gear for most spins with low resistance. This apparently promotes healing in your knee joint, the circular motion with no impact has an "oiling" kind of effect.
Resistance bands, i am not sure what exactly they are called, but these large rubber bands that can go around your ankles, doing monster-walks and side shuffles in them will force your muscles to stabilize your knee instead of putting all the stress on ligaments. Start with the band around your knees and moving it lower as you get stronger until you get it down to your ankles is the smartest way to progress.
also running/jogging = bad until you get 100%
6/10/2008 9:18am, #10
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I'm getting an MRI on my knee friday. The orthopedic doctor thinks it might be torn cartilage or a ligament.
Would swimming help this? Because i'm in constant pain due to my lovely knee, walk with a slight limp, and after jits i can barely walk.
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