Hi, my name is Coach Jared, and I received poor training advice in high school.
It’s not a support group but it should be; there would be a lot of members.
Let’s flash back to when I was in eighth grade. During a basketball practice, I drove to the basket for a lay-up when a teammate attempted to block my shot.
We bumped knees, and I suffered a subluxation of my knee joint. My knee dislocated and relocated by itself.
Let’s just say it didn’t feel very good.
X-Rays showed no structural damage, but the sports medicine physical therapist informed me my hamstrings were tight and I needed to stretch them every day to loosen them up.
So I spent the next five years of my competitive career stretching diligently. Not only did my hamstring mobility fail to improve, but also I continually re-injured one or both knees.
Still, every time I returned to see my physical therapist, he told me I must continue to stretch my “tight” hamstrings.
That same injury occurred at least six times to both my right and left knees over the next eight years.
I thought I was simply doomed to become a sedentary ex-athlete reminiscing about my youth.
Flash forward to today.
I now train hard three to four days a week and compete in Olympic weightlifting. These movements require massive amounts of stability, mobility and force absorption – the same actions the previously resulted in injury.
So what changed?