You worked up a sweat playing basketball, and now your knees are screaming in pain. Or maybe your knees are in agony just from sitting all day in front of your computer. If one or both of your knees ache after too much sitting, running, jumping or squatting, you may have patellofemoral pain (PFPS).
Prolonged overuse and sudden changes in activity level are the primary causes of patellar tendonitis. The injury is also known as jumper’s knee given how common it is for those competing in sports that require serious hops. (Basketball and volleyball, for instance.)
IT band syndrome is a common overuse injury that sidelines even the hardiest endurance athletes. The pain it brings can turn simple steps into an achy shuffle. Targeted stretching and exercises can help ease or even prevent IT band syndrome by improving your flexibility and strengthening key muscles.
Whether you call it a foot or leg cramp (aka “charley horse”), it’s a common, somewhat mysterious pain that happens when a muscle gets involuntarily stiff and can’t relax.
No matter what your gender or age, lifting weights is a great way to increase your resting heart rate, lower body fat, improve balance and motor coordination, and enhance joint stability. However, it’s easy to make common mistakes that can cause injuries or delay the results you hope to achieve.