Which Sport Is The Toughest On Your Knees?


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You’ve probably overheard your running friends complain about how much their joints (knees, especially) hurt after jogging a few miles on the treadmill or rugged terrain. Therefore, you probably think you’ve got the above-mentioned question (i.e. which sport is the toughest on your knees?) answered. Well, we’re here to tell you running is not the toughest on your knees, although it comes relatively close. Ready for the answer? Drum roll, please…

According to Health Magazine’s June 2012 issue, skiing is the toughest sport/recreational activity on your knees! Makes sense now that you think about it, huh? Nevertheless, the team at TriState Pain Institute is sharing information on some of the other sports that can be harsh on your knees. Keep reading to find out what they are and how you can minimize pain.

Top 7 Sports That Are Tough On Knees (from toughest to least tough)

1.    Skiing

2.    Plyometric Exercises

3.    Basketball

4.    Singles Tennis

5.    Soccer

6.    Golf

7.    Running

Are you surprised by some of these? Skiing and plyometric exercises like burpees, jump squats, lunges, and more can put a lot of pressure on your joints and accelerate their deterioration. Running isn’t actually the worst for your knees, although it’s still not the best. Other sports, like basketball, singles tennis, soccer, and golf can also have some of these same repercussions if you're not careful!

What sports are easy on the knees?

According to the list, some activities are known to cause less knee pain because they are low-impact activities. This means that the knee is more cushioned and the knee joint does not need to absorb too much shock. The list included:

8.    Elliptical training

9.    Walking

10.    Biking on a flat surface

11.    Swimming

What can I do to protect my knees?

Knee Stretch

It’s important for patients to consider incorporating quad strengthening exercises into some of their workout routines. Leg lifts, squats that don’t require jumping, and using the quad machine at the gym can help strengthen your muscles and help with patellar tracking. Moreover, try switching things up in your workout routine so you’re not always beating down those knees!

As previously mentioned, sports and activities that are listed 8-11 are the least tough on knees, so try mixing a few of those exercises into your regimen. Also, stretch, stretch, and stretch! Doing so will help keep muscles, ligaments, and tendons nice and lubricated to prevent damage.

What do I do if my knees hurt?

If you are experiencing pain, stop your exercise or sport right away – you don’t want to risk damaging the knee more. Apply ice to the injury and rest up! If swelling occurs, over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medicines can help.

If pain persists, seek the advice of a TriState Pain Institute physician. Our pain management experts will evaluate your pain and find the source of your pain. Whether the pain originates from a sports injury or an underlying joint condition such as arthritis, our team can help you get back to doing what you love. We can provide medication, joint injections, bracing, and more. Don’t hesitate to call us today!

If you are suffering, please do not hesitate to call us here at TriState Pain Institute. Located in Fort Mohave, we serve patients in Arizona, Nevada, and California. Dr. Benjamin Venger, our pain management expert, is here to help. Call us now at (928) 788-3333 and don’t live another day with chronic pain!

The advice and information contained in this article is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational medical material.

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