Proper Knee Positioning

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Proper positioning of the knee during static and dynamic movements are essential.  When the knee defaults to a poor or incorrect position, it is prone to experiencing pain and dysfunction.  The squat is the movement that is most highly scrutinized with relation to knee position.

  • Knocked knee = Valgus knee
  • Bowed knee = Varus knee


These two knee positions transmit adherent shearing forces through the knee during loaded knee flexion. Repetitive adherent motion of the knee can manifest as:

  • MCL Strain
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome
  • IT Band Syndrome
  • LCL Strain
  • Meniscal Tears/Injuries
  • ACL Tear/Strain
  • Chondromalacia Patella

About the author

Dr. Jon Roed
Dr. Jon Roed

Dr. Jon Roed is a licensed Doctor of Chiropractic who graduated from Northwestern Health Sciences University–College of Chiropractic in Minneapolis, MN. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer.

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