The valgus knee (Knee falling inward of the centre line) creates a myriad of issues for the knee in sport and exercise yet if injured through non contact, it is very rare that the knee is actually at fault, usually the hips or ankles are to blame.
Let’s look at running: We’ve spent so much time seated in a chair that our hips and ankles have gotten tight and short. This restriction means that the leg usually ends up kicking out to the side while we run in order to move around the restriction creating the valgus knee.
Correcting imbalances and poor mechanics is about teaching the body through proper stimulus and neuromuscular programming. Not isolated exercises and a thousand cues a minute all repeating the same thing..
“You cannot isolate the hips back to health” – Brett Jones
Classically we might talk about this pattern showing a weakness in the hip i.e an under active gluteus medius. So we conclude that by isolating and strengthening it, we will solve the pattern.
Yet, does training the gluteus medius help the squat? or does training the squat help the gluteus medius?
While understanding these components to detail helps make us more well rounded practitioners, we tend to get lost in the minutia of the human body.
Let’s take a step back.
“..the brain recognizes movement patterns and not simply muscle groups. Yet, many professionals are still stuck in isolation training or muscle group training.” – Gray Cook
Isolated training does have it’s place. For example, specific rehabilitation technique’s for forgotten quad syndrome or for bodybuilding exercises to shape a targeted muscle. But, if it’s a movement issue then you will find greater success with a movement strategy.