Any runner, or active person for that matter, can develop patellofemoral stress syndrome (kneecap pain). Women, however, are especially vulnerable.
They often have a wider "Q angle" between hip and kneecap than men. Their kneecaps move at an angle instead of up and down as the knee bends.
Average Q Angle
greater than 17 degrees in females
greater than 14 degrees in males
= larger angle increases risk of injury
1. Sit on floor with legs extended and locate your kneecaps
2. Tighten quads of each leg
3. If kneecap rotates outward, you are more at risk for this type of injury
STRETCH and STRENGTHEN*
*strengthen this area by working on the inner thigh and quadriceps muscles