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Do not wear knee wraps or other protective devices unless you have to. Protect your knees from damage by making them strong with progressively heavier barbell squats and deadlifts in a rational, proven strength program like Starting Strength. Squatting deep (hips below the knees) develops the muscle and soft tissue around the knees.


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Firstly, DO NOT push yourself when doing front splits. This is the #1 reason Taekwondo-ka's hurt their knees. You don't need to be super flexible until you reach red belt (or maybe blue/red). When you do front splits, you're putting enormous amounts of strain on your cross-ligaments, which are a weak spot on your body as it is. I ruined my Taekwondo AND ...


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The short answer is - you might NOT be able to get further flexibility in your spine without causing yourself pain or injury. Flexibility in general doesn't necessarily equate to safe flexibility. Ultimately, you're going to want to work close with a physical therapist for your back, but here's some useful information to help you make better choices in ...


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As an update for anyone experiencing the same thing: There are two types of repair: Self attachment - The leg is put in a position for the tendon to graft itself, then progressively moved towards a foot neutral position before rehab begins. Surgical attachment - Tendon is sutured together. Option #2 is recommended if you want to regain the full ...


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When I was doing Doce Pares Escrima several years ago, I ran into the same problem. I used cloth athletic/medical tape to cover up the blistered areas to give them a chance to heal and at one point, when I found that it was a particular part of the stick rubbing up against my hand (an area where the lacquer had gotten roughed up from impact, actually), I put ...



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