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Old     (pacifichigh)      Join Date: Jun 2008       05-04-2009, 10:35 AM Reply   
I've sprained/strained my LCL (I think, no Dr. diagnosis) twice so far this season and I think it might be from riding too ducky of a stance. Both times were just from landing pretty big out in the flats.

Anyone have experiance/advice here?
Old     (spicychalupa69)      Join Date: May 2005       05-04-2009, 10:38 AM Reply   
No, but if you sprained your LCL you would have to experience a vastus force (inwards to out). So essentially either you have your ligaments mixed up or you are doing something else wrong, because the farther you duck out the more vulnerable your MCL and all medial ligaments become because of the vargus forces (outwards in).

I am a Physical Therapy Student so that is my mere, over the counter/internet diagnosis.
Old     (cb23)      Join Date: Jan 2009       05-04-2009, 6:13 PM Reply   
agreed with Eder LCL(outside of the knee) is pretty rare in wakeboarding but if you have sPrained your MCL(inside of your knee) i would recommend maybe either bring the bindings closer togethor of try not ducking them out so far as that will put your MCL at risk as well as your ACL...also from things ive read maybe try bending your knees more if you land in the flats so the force of the landing isnt mainly on your knees
just my thoughts

**not to be that guy who corrects everybody but sprains are on tendons and ligaments while strains are on muscles
Old     (hayes)      Join Date: Aug 2007       05-04-2009, 6:25 PM Reply   
I partially tore my LCL and cracked my fibula a few years ago. I have a wide stance slightly ducked (~12 degrees). The reason I hurt mine was because I landed stiff legged (front leg) on a tantrum. On impact, it crunched and bowed outward. Painful as h#ll!! Good luck with the recovery.
Old     (jarrod)      Join Date: May 2003       05-04-2009, 7:51 PM Reply   
I don't know about being too ducked out, but if your stance is so wide that your knees adduct when they bend(come together), instead of tracking over your toes, you could probably damage your LCL, and your MCL also. Wide isn't always better.
Old     (bobenglish)      Join Date: Mar 2008       05-04-2009, 8:56 PM Reply   
I have to agree with CIE J-Rod. I know everyone likes to ride as wide as possible for control, but mechanically, it is about the worse position you could have for your knees and for that matter your hips and ankles.

Jump off a step and look at the width and position of your feet when you land. This is the position your body likes. Try riding close to this position.
Old     (pacifichigh)      Join Date: Jun 2008       05-05-2009, 5:31 AM Reply   
thanks ya'll -- the more I think about it, I think that I did actually just land a little straight legged.


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