Shocking news about knees, even your kids knees
The knee pit is to the elbow pit as the knee is to the elbow. Wow, that was super clear. Try again. The knee pit is the other side (the back side) of your knee. As defined by me and my army of one plus a few key others in my small army.
Long story short. You are probably wearing your hamstrings on the outsides of your legs. Since they are in the wrong place, they are not ever able to be as strong as they would be if they were in their correct location. Also, your femur bones are also probably rotated, causing premature degeneration on your knee joint. I am so sure, that I am willing to make a wager. If you can show me your knee pits are aligned straight up and down I will give you a million dollars. Or maybe a million pennies. I will give you a million happy thoughts over my lifetime. Deal!
How can you tell? This will involve a full length mirror and a marker. :-) If you are checking your child's, spouse's, or mother in law's (that would be fun —hi Ma!) then you can take a picture to show them. For yourself, a long mirror is required,. Just bend over and look through your legs to see THE PITS.
First you will mark the tendons that go up and down right behind your knee as done on right. See the black marker lines on the hamstring tendons. They are marking the back of your knee and you can see that the lines (and the hamstring tendons are not on the back of the legs, but more to the outsides). If you were to look at the front, the knees would be facing slighting towards each other and if you bend your knees they would touch. These changes happen to the legs from our lifestyle of sitting. These are the legs of my very healthy daughter but school, car, dinner table, desk - all sitting. Often by second or third grade this change will begin to occur.
How can you help your children? Take a look at the picture below. After 3 years of serious training, now we are back aligned. KIDDING! 2 second later, I asked her to externally rotate her femurs and BAM. Lined up. This is the position that you would like your hamstrings to be in. On the back of your legs. This is also the correct alignment for knees that bend in alignment. Of course this eduction or REEDUCATION takes time.