Hip Strength Again: Correcting Knee Valgus

by Mary on November 13, 2017

Recently my patellofemoral pain flared up and I sought the help of Emily, a PT with a dance background who specializes in rehabbing dancers, gymnasts, and the like. She’s moving in a month so our time together will be brief.

I shared some video with her of my skating and she immediately spotted this especially egregious moment where my knee is in a knocked-in or ‘valgus’ position.


Despite my previous efforts at rehab I still get into this valgus position quite often. I can’t expect my knees to feel good when I’m doing this to them. It happens particularly with single-leg activities, and of course skating is virtually all that. Read the article →

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Beginning a Bronze Solo Free Dance

November 10, 2017 Figure skating

I’m working on my first ever free dance program. It’s a solo free dance, which is the newest competition category in skating and kind of a ‘Wild West’ where there aren’t very many rules about what you can and can’t do. It’s modeled after partner free dance, which of course has twizzles, lifts, and partner […]

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Microdiscectomy Recovery at One Year

November 6, 2017 Microdiscectomy and microdecompression

Celebrating my recovery one year after my L4/L5 microdiscectomy and L5/S1 microdecompression.

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Vegan Broccoli Salad

October 29, 2017 All Year

A healthy, simple vegan broccoli salad

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Juvenile Moves Progress

October 26, 2017 Figure skating

Where I’m at with my juvenile moves: still close to testing, in theory, as I’ve been for a long time. But I’m making progress.

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Changes, Again

October 24, 2017 Figure skating

My ice dance coach/partner moves on.

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Sun Valley Eclipse

September 10, 2017 Uncategorized

Viewing the total solar eclipse from Sun Valley, Idaho.

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Fresh Peach Fig Chutney Garnish

September 9, 2017 Cookbooks

A fresh peach and fig chutney to accompany fish or another protein on the dinner plate.

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Can You Guess Where I Am?

August 20, 2017 Figure skating

Hint: I’m ready for the eclipse! Are you going to watch the eclipse? From where?

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Harlick Boots new out of the box!

August 17, 2017 Figure skating

My new custom Harlick boots right out of the box.

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