Iliotibial Band Syndrome (ITBS)

Most common cause of lateral knee pain in runners

A sharp pain, with an increasing tightness on running

Noble et al 1980 found 84% of ITB was related to training error

Athletes often complain of pain with Stairs, Squats and Running.

Who gets ITBS?

Predominantly runners who have changed their running load, but also cyclists or rowers who suddenly change their training load.

It is especially common in runners who have increased their hill running.

It is more common in runners with a narrow stride width.

Athletes with weak hip muscles and those who run in a fatigued state are more likely to have ITBS.

What is it?

ITBS is caused by compression of adipose tissue underlying the ITB according to (Giesler and Lazenby, 2017). It is the result of repetitive compression of this tissue due to increased training load, which causes increased stress in the area of the lateral knee and cause the tissue to become irritated, sensitive and painful.

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