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Athletes And Iliotibial Band Syndrome

If you are an athlete then it is not uncommon for you to feel pain. You will always get strained muscles, sprained ankles among other things. That is why, it is important for athletes to do stretches to prevent injuries. However, with the nature of their career, it is impossible for them not to develop any injury at all. One of these injuries is the illiotilial band syndrome. This is common to runners and cyclists. Hikers can also develop this syndrome as well as those who are weight lifting when they perform squats.

How do they get this injury? This happens when the athletes suddenly increase their level of activity like runners who would increase their mileage. So what is this iliotibial band, you ask? It is a thick band of fibrous tissue that runs down the outside of the leg and runs from the hip to the outer side of the shin bone or tibia which is just below the knee joint. It coordinates with some thigh muscles to provide stability to the outside of the knee joint. Read more…

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