Anterior Knee Pain - Pain Site vs. Pain Source

by Michael Boyle |   Date Released : 03 Dec 2006
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Michael Boyle

About the author: Michael Boyle

Michael Boyle is known internationally for his pioneering work in the field of strength and conditioning and is regarded as one of the top experts in the area for sports performance training. He has made his mark on the industry over the past 30 years with an impressive following of professional athletes, from the US Women’s Olympic teams in soccer and ice hockey to the Boston Bruins, Boston Breakers, New England Revolution, and most recently the Boston Red Sox. His client list over the years reads like a "Who’s Who" of athletic success in New England and across the country including legendary Boston names such as Nomar Garciaparra, Cam Neely, and Ray Bourque.

Mike is a featured speaker at numerous strength and conditioning and athletic training clinics across the country and has produced many instructional videos and DVDs in the areas of strength and conditioning, personal training and rehabilitation.

In 2012, Michael was selected to become part of the Boston Red Sox coaching staff, acting as a strength and conditioning consultant for the team.

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Comments (12)

Johnson, Monte | 28 Jul 2011, 20:52 PM

I have been very successful with managing my clients anterior knee pain by using similar methods.

jurado, orlando | 08 Nov 2010, 11:07 AM

Well i was DX with this syndrome and I will use the information, to rehabilate myself. I WILL comment in my progress.

townson, ben | 03 May 2010, 02:42 AM

Great article I have found alot of this true through my own experimentation with knee rehab post key hole surgery.

HALL, JINX | 19 Apr 2010, 08:40 AM

I must say this it is exactly what i have descovered over the time that i have worked with my clients and i have seen 100% success rate when applied correctly. very good infomation with accurate description.

Tug, Alev | 30 Nov 2009, 04:02 AM

Excellent source of information on understanding the mechanics of this problem. It helped me wrap up my thoughts around how to plan a training program for a cleint with knee issues...As always, Boyle did it! Thank you!

Trotter, Grant | 04 Nov 2009, 08:37 AM

One of the better articles I've read on this website. Lots of good information. Thanks

Mikolajczyk, Todd | 28 Oct 2009, 19:51 PM

Love the article; very informative. I have been suffering patella-femoral pain for 4-months and counting with little success. After reading your article I am optimistic of a full recovery and return to running! Thanks.

Todd Mikolajczyk

Butler, Joanne | 30 Jul 2009, 10:42 AM

What a great article. I have found (even with my limited, unqualified experience) that all of this is true in the real world. I work a lot with my clients training these exact movements (and others as well of course) and have had many 'bad' knees just go away, like a miracle over time.

Although most health professionals (at least around here) still advise against these movements and prescribe band leg extensions etc as the be all and end all of treatment, I am going against the grain and having great results.

Thanks for the great article-more of this please


Phillips, Andrew | 16 Jul 2009, 09:55 AM

surely to stabalise the hip and eleviate knee pain you need to strengthen the glute med via balance training (single leg) and release tension at the piriformis, tfl and it band through foam rolling and static stretching, whilst also breaking down fascia in the foot via massage.

Nanka-Bruce, Carla | 05 Jul 2009, 04:13 AM

Doesn't the IT band extend from the TFL and glute max, rather than the glute med?...And, isn't the patellar tendon the tendon of the rectus femoris? How then does the IT band transmit forces from the glute med to the patellar tendon if it's not even attached to either?

Harrison, Carl | 30 Jun 2009, 15:19 PM

Ok so let me get this straight... You found glute medius "tenderness" so to reduce the overactivity you activate it while BOTH femurs are in flexion and then add adduction resistance at the knee? Sounds more like your engaging the piriformis.

Chouja, Tarek | 23 Jun 2009, 21:36 PM

A comprehensive, well written article that illuminates the topic of knee pain with the required measures succinctly described in an applicable program

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