I practice the art of Capoeira. Capoeira is an art that combines fight and dance and hence require flexibility, strength and a lot of gymnastic abilities as it includes performing cartwheels, bridges, handstands and flips.
I am 25 years old, 6"43 (1m96) and 185 pounds. I started to practice Capoeira at the age of 21 and faced a lot of difficulties squatting down, going up quickly and performing high kicks. 2 years later I became more interested in stretching and in strength training. I started performing more stretches and almost a year ago I started strength trainings that included body weight conditioning, kettlebells and a lot of squats. A while later I started feeling pain in my knees to the extent I couldn't go down the stairs properly. I went and checked out my knees and after the X-RAY the doctor said I had PFS. I started physiotherapy session to strengthen my quads and stretch my hamstrings things went well. After feeling a bit better I went back to training and while I was sprinting once I felt the same all over again. Went into physiotherapy again and after feeling much better went to train and while I was sitting on my ankles during the stretching routine after the workout while I was standing I felt the same pain all over again. This is when I stopped all activities and only did physiotherapy and stretching.
Almost a month ago, I stopped feeling pain in my knees and I went back to training. While I was giving a Capoeira class that I included a lot of squats in it I felt my the same pain in my knee. One day later it was swollen and it was full of water.
Since I was abroad I couldn't go to see a doctor so I decided to REST and ICE it everyday. My knee is better now and I don't feel a lot of pain.
2 days ago I went and performed and MRI and the results showed that I I have a "degenerative horizontal tear of posterior horn of medial meniscus" in my right knee and a "moderate chondromalacia patella" im both knees.
I know that many athletes suffer from such problems, however they are ATHLETES. Taking into consideration the fact that I started sports at a late age and the fact that I want to continue Capoeira and I want to build a career for myself I would like to know if it's possible for me to do that (i.e.: continue training, do flips once I become ready, etc) and if it is what should I do to strengthen my body and prevent the growth of the tear as it is quite small and my doctor didn't recommend surgery.
Asked by grandao - 3 answers - 4 years 35 weeks ago