You’ll Need Joint Fuel
Now you know plyometric drills done right won’t cause joint pain. But eating your way to stronger knees can’t hurt either—especially if aches are keeping you grounded. Athletes with exercise-related joint pain who took 10 grams of collagen hydrolysate a day reported a reduction in symptoms over the course of a 24-week Penn State University study. You can get the collagen—which builds up cartilage tissue in the joints—from fish, egg whites, bone broth, gelatin, or a collagen powder, says Dr. Susan Blum, the founder of the Blum Center for Health in Rye Brook, New York. Also get antioxidants from brightly coloured fruits and veggies to protect joints from any oxidative damage that they might incur, she says.