Knee

REVOREHAB - Vol. 8 BOSU Landing Strength

Do you Bosu?

This is a high level landing technique using the Bosu. This involves significant single leg strength and control, high level balance and is a great return to sport exercise 

For safety: ensure that the Bosu is supported against the wall and basic gluteal, balance and strength exercises have been completed first!

  • We are focusing on jumping and landing technique with change of direction thrown in as well.
  • Jump onto the BOSU off the outside leg, push off the (opposite) inside leg and spring off the ball landing back on the outside leg.
  • Focus on a strong landing with the knee in good alignment, the hips level and a strong trunk, avoiding side flexion
  • Complete up to 8 repetitions or until the technique drops, then change sides.

Perfect Practice Makes Perfect

 Quality is key with this one!

REVOREHAB - Vol. 5 Crab Walk

Crab walks target Gluteus Maximus and Minimus and are important for hip and knee function. 

1 - Place a resistance band just above the knees tight enough so it stays up by itself. For most makes of resistance band, the colour denotes the degree of tension. Your goal is to use a tension that causes fatigue by 8 steps. As you get stronger (i.e. when can do more than 5 x 8 steps) you will need to progress to a different colour band.

2 - Open the legs to slightly wider than hip width apart and turn the feet outwards. Now stretch the band by rotating the thighs outwards, so that your knees are in line with your feet. In doing so, you should feel the glute muscles contract.

3 - Keeping the knees rotated outwards and tension on the band, lower yourself into a slight squat position, sticking  your  bottom out behind you as if you were about to sit down.

4 - Keeping your upper body still, take a half step sideways against the resistance of the band. Make sure the other leg stays still, pushing out against the band.

5 - Now take a half step inwards with the opposite leg, making sure that you do not step too far (the resistance band needs to stay tight).

Repeat this series of steps in a slow, controlled motion, ensuring the inner foot does not spring in, keeping tension in the band. When you have done eight steps in one direction, come back with the other leg leading. Aim for five, then increase distance or number.

If your gym doesn't provide Theraband or you're wanting lengths of your own, we have this available for purchase in a variety of colours and resistance.

 

REVOREHAB - Vol. 4 Wall Lunge

One Up Wall Lunge

Great exercise rarely seen in a traditional gym setting.

Most people will have seen or tried the back foot on the floor or on a bench. This wall variation allows for the back leg to work into extension providing some added stability to the exercise and a different postural challenge!

The movement:

  • Weight is lowered directly down (vertical drop versus any back and forth movement)
  • The knee doesn’t translate forward over the toes, so the shin remains relatively upright the whole time
  • Ensure the knee stays straight and doesn’t roll in to the middle
  • Also focus on keeping a level pelvis  (Don’t let the opposite side of the pelvis drop or the trunk flex to the side)
  • You will be working your quads, gluteals and trunk muscles with this one!

Comfortable range and depth only

If you’re going well add dumbbells in both hands for added difficulty