In this episode I interview Matt Stieler, who is a lifelong hiker, a physiotherapist and a knee specialist. We dive deep into knee pain while hiking and he shares some absolutely amazing information from his professional perspective.
Knee Pain When Hiking and trekking is one of the most common issues I hear on a daily basis. And it is one way to suck all the enjoyment out of your adventure...
Knee pain while hiking and trekking is an incredibly common issue. In fact, is is one of the most prevalent injuries in the adventure world.
And you suffer from hiker's knee (and it is sucking a lot of the enjoyment out of your trail time) here is a simple workout to help:
Descents can be tough. Shooting pain in the knees... crushed toes... slips, stumbles and falls... some serious amount of mental drain... and all too often, uncontrollable jelly legs.
And if this always seems to be happening to you, there might be one thing which is missing in your preparation...
Trekking Poles are one of the most important pieces of equipment in the hikers and trekkers arsenal. They have many incredible benefits on the trail...such as reduced chance of injury, improved movement efficiency and even increased comfort.
And while there are no 'magic pills' in the world, trekking poles are about as close as you can get... and they can show many immediate improvements to common issues while hiking.
Here are 7 reasons why trekking poles are THE most important piece of equipment for trekkers:
When you are Training For A Trek, you would be crazy not to include step downs in your preparation. They are absolutely amazing for building specific trekking strength, reducing knee pain and improving stability.
But many trekkers may scoff at this humble exercise and say that it is 'too easy'.
Well, we have you covered there!
At Summit Strength we have an 8 Stage Progression which we take our trekkers through. So no matter how strong you may be, we always have an option for you...
Knee pain while hiking is the worst... it is an easy way to turn a beautiful day out into an absolute nightmare and unfortunately ,for hikers and trekkers, it is an incredibly common issue.
In fact, about 75% of hikers and trekkers I talk to on a daily basis report some type of knee pain while on the trail.
And the issue is, the majority of the information you will find on the internet on this subject, just doesn't cut it... Advice like "use a knee brace", "tape up your knee" and "get some orthotics" are really only band-aid solutions.
The second you stop using them, the pain comes back straight away... and you are stuck in a never ending loop.
So over the years, I have had to develop my own solution to this problem.
And I am going to share it with you today:
(For a free 12 week training program to put all this information into action, follow the link at the bottom of the page)
Rowan is a personal trainer who specialises in training hikers, trekkers and mountaineers for their bucket list adventures.
Summit Strength is a personal training service created specifically to help trekkers have the best chance of a safe, enjoyable and successful bucket list adventure.