The Fundamental Flaw

Popular knee pain theories focus on the knee itself, specifically the patellar tendon. After all, as the saying goes, where there’s smoke, there’s fire. Since the quadriceps join to form the quadriceps tendon, which becomes the patellar tendon, they’re a focal point for rehabilitation.

That’s why the VMO theory exists. That’s why people drag sleds backwards. That’s why people do slow eccentric squats. That’s why people do leg extensions. That’s why people still have knee pain.

Chad Waterbury recommended the use of a neutral grip for performing high-frequency pull-ups here as various elbow and shoulder injuries can result from the frequent use of pronated and supinated grips. In other words, the position of the wrists can influence elbow and shoulder health.

So if you embark on a quest of doing 100 chin-ups (supinated grip) per day and get elbow tendonitis, elbow specific rehab isn’t going to fix you. Instead, you need to change your wrist positioning during chin-ups.

It’s similar with the knee. A hip or foot that’s out of whack causes a kink in the chain. The knee, being the middle man, is at the mercy of their functioning. It’s not so much a problem with the quadriceps or its tissues. It’s that a bad hip or a bad foot is forcing those structures to work more than they’re supposed to.
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