Health & FitnessNovember 21, 2014

Fitness Friday: How to avoid knee injuries

Many well-intentioned people enter the gym each day with the goal of increasing overall strength and muscle function in order to protect their joints. The knees are typically at the top of the list—especially for golfers because of the stress placed on them over decades of absorbing punishment from swinging.

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One of his messages about the knees is to avoid "overloading" their tasks. Golfers knees already are susceptible to injury based on factors such as being overweight, a lack of dynamic exercise, and wear and tear caused by the swing. So why stress them even more in the gym by piling on a lot of extraneous weight or hyperextending/hyperflexing them.

Click on the video below for Mike's great advice on what you should and should NOT be doing to your knees when you workout. Some of his tips might surprise you.

Ron Kaspriske is the fitness editor of Golf Digest.*

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