backwards walking

treebing

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anyone do this? i tore up my knees pretty bad over 30 years of basketball. been turned on to backwards walking and jogging and its quite amazing how good my knees feel after just 3 weeks of 1/2 mile per day

its a chinese thing. they have 1/10 of knee and hip problems that we do and 10 times the population. its such an easy excercise except people look at you craaaaazy!
 

treebing

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the concept makes a lot of sense. in america we train mainly for power and acceleration. in china the concept is to train deceleration because almost always its the deceleration that hurts you. if you soup up your engine and dont upgrade your brakes, you crash. so especially as you get older its more important to keep your brakes in good condition. its also an amazing psychological perspective to walk backwards for a distance. it makes perfect sense as a practice.
 

GregManning

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I occasionally walk backwards for short distances just for keeping surrounding awareness.

Jogging ! ! !
Do you just stretch your neck muscles, or use mirrors ? ? ?

The street that I walk on (dead-end) has very little traffic.
My neighbors think I'm crazy when they see me reading a newspaper while walking.
Walking backwards while reading the newspaper might bring the "mental doctors in white coats" ! ! !
 

Njdelaney

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I've known a number of marathon runners who swear by walking downstairs backwards for a few days after a race to mitigate soreness. I'm sure this is related to what you're doing because it uses different muscle groups and spreads tension on skeletal muscle and joints out more evenly.
 

cory

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Cool thread. I've done it some, this thread reminds me to do it more.

I'm guessing you were a point guard?
 

Chaplain242

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Standard rehab is to do backwards walking in a pool, very effective. Can increase resistance easily by using an appropriate sized sea anchor etc

sometimes finding an Olympic sized pool with walking lane can be the hardest part...
 

treebing

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Cool thread. I've done it some, this thread reminds me to do it more.

I'm guessing you were a point guard?
my ball handling is mediocre. 2 or 3 dribbles tops for me. mostly played off the ball... shooting guard or small foward. my favorite thing in basketball was rebounding.
 
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I try to do this as often as possible because I feel that I and my body need it
 

Mowerr

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It's very important no matter what muscle group or excersize u do, to work your negatives...which is essentially what that will do.
A lot of body builders also do a lot of work on their negatives too.
In highschool my track friends told me about running and walking backwards...I never did it much but maybe I'll try again.
 
anyone do this? i tore up my knees pretty bad over 30 years of basketball. been turned on to backwards walking and jogging and its quite amazing how good my knees feel after just 3 weeks of 1/2 mile per day

its a chinese thing. they have 1/10 of knee and hip problems that we do and 10 times the population. its such an easy excercise except people look at you craaaaazy!
Sprinter here, not a big distance guy. Messed up my knee a year ago when I started jogging aggressively for the first time in years, which seemed to confirm my distance preference... but it mostly healed up after extensive rest. Cool idea you got here! I'll be sure to try it.
Over this ol' pandemic I've gotten into some other sports on days off, namely volleyball as I've always sucked at it. One thing I've gotten into has been different flexibility workouts, as I've realized that I've always had tight hammies and inflexible shoulders. There's some great stuff on YouTube, 30-minute stretching workouts for v-ball which really increase your range of motion and loosen your tendons and muscles. Trying to incorporate them into my pre-work morning workout when I can.
 

treebing

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this is another workout ive been doing for my knees also stressing deceleration. i got all this from instagram. kind of strange but it is the most applicable workout that ive ever done for the issues that I have had. kneesovertoesguy. it has been really helping me. although I don't think ill ever play basketball competitively again, my knees are feeling much much more solid since working on it. my form needs work still. on the way back up im still allowing my hips to buckle a bit. they are supposed to remain completely locked out.

the other excercise that is good is tibialis raises. the opposite of calf raises.
 

Brando CalPankian

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Washington
I'm definately going to start doing this. I've dragged a lot of brush backwards, but never thought to walk and run backwards as an excersize. Thank you for sharing! Might have saved some knees with this one.
 

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