viccarmom Posted August 23, 2011 Report Share Posted August 23, 2011 Clara or anyone else knowledgeable on the subject , My DD, age 17, training pre-professionally, just returned home from her summer intensive where she asked one of her instructors for advice when she starts auditioning this up-coming season. I think the instructor misunderstood the question (daughter is soft spoken) but gave her advice about her hyper-extended knees (along with a few other things) and not to sit back on her heels because it builds unwanted bulk in the thighs. She gets the correction (at home studio) to “pull up” also. Not accusing her home instructor of not teaching properly but DD didn’t really understand that all of these corrections could have been related to the muscle bulk. Unfortunately, some of this muscle bulk and ability to build muscle easily is inherited. Thank you for the sticky! It makes so much sense now and I FINALLY understand the reason for some of her issues (lower back pain, large thigh muscles, etc). Here are my questions: 1. Should she be practicing this soft bend in the knee at all times? 2. What should she do to strengthen the muscles around the knee or will this happen over time with the correct alignment? You wrote, “Understand though, that you will need to build new strength in the muscles surrounding the knees, because you have mis-trained them for so long.” Thanks in advance of your reply. Quote Link to comment
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