With my upcoming marathon, I have noticed that during training, upon starting to run, my knee felt as if the knee cap was displaced. I would have to stop after 5 minutes of running and do what I described as untwisting my kneecap. We have learned about patellofemoral syndrome in class, where the quadriceps muscle is too tight, and pulls the alignment of the patella off its normal track over the knee joint. I decided to make an appointment for physical medicine appointment with a teacher at my school, Dr. Masa, who did kinesiotaping on my knee.
Kinesio taping is a way of retraining muscles for athletes that are hypertonic and causing an imbalance in the body. The body is a very adaptable machine, where one muscle or ligament may be too tight, the reciprocal and opposite muscle may be too lax, causing instability, and setting the person up for future injury. By using this adhesive tape, we can reposition the muscles in the correct alignment.
So this is my experiment for the next couple weeks up to my actual marathon: practice kinesio taping on my knee and to see if it makes a difference upon the beginning of running during training. Another thing to keep in mind is stretching, before and after exercising to make sure that the hamstrings or the quadriceps are not excessively pulling the patella out of place. If you guys have any additional suggestions, please let me know! Thanks