Are exercises like jumping rope bad for the knees?

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  1. Fat-Elvis

    Fat-Elvis Senior member

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    I recently took an interest in adding jumping rope to my exercise regimen because it's really easy to do and can be fairly intense cardio. Only thing that concerns me is it seems like an exercise that really gives the knees a beating. If you do them properly, and do them on a mat, are they okay to do in the long term without risking knee damage?
     


  2. Tck13

    Tck13 Senior member

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    Jumping rope is awesome for cardio. I can't imagine any problems with knees or anything. I do a couple of rounds of it to warm up before Muay Thai. If anything, I found that it took a while for my ankles to adjust and my toes stop hurting from banging them all of the time with the rope.

    I've since moved onto a weighted rope and it burns my biceps and forearms.

    It also took a month or two of doing it a couple of days a week to be able to jump through a three minute round without stopping or losing control.
     


  3. mensimageconsultant

    mensimageconsultant Senior member

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    If your knees are in good shape and you are not very overweight, yes, probably. Concern yourself with the short term first - start gradually and stop if jumping rope causes you pain.
     


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    Thomas Senior member

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    I just bounce with the ankles and leave the knees slightly bent the whole time. Don't get much pounding at all.
     


  5. West24

    West24 Senior member

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    if youre doing it right you should hardly be jumping off the ground. should be less strenuous on the knees then walking. just dont do two feet together right beside eachother as ive heard its bad for your back etc and when doing it it does seem that way. do like the boxers and one leg infront etc.
     


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    holymadness Senior member

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    Depends how fat you are, Elvis.
     


  7. Maharlika

    Maharlika Senior member

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    The constant jumping creates stress on your knees, ankles and hip joints. In the long run, I don't know how it could be beneficial.
     


  8. Qubaduck

    Qubaduck Well-Known Member

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    Skipping is only really bad for you if you're not skipping particularly well. Really, you should be raising off the floor no more than a few centimetres, as previously stated. If you're jumping up and down like back in grade two I can see how it could become a worry over time, but once you've learned to skip well it's no worse than anything else. Just like running properly is much easier on the knees than runnign poorly.
     


  9. Gradstudent78

    Gradstudent78 Senior member

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    Skipping is only really bad for you if you're not skipping particularly well. Really, you should be raising off the floor no more than a few centimetres, as previously stated. If you're jumping up and down like back in grade two I can see how it could become a worry over time, but once you've learned to skip well it's no worse than anything else. Just like running properly is much easier on the knees than runnign poorly.

    It's also going to depend on the surface your doing it on.
     


  10. Eason

    Eason Bicurious Racist

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    no, because your ankles and shins absorb the impact.
     


  11. Joe E Taleo

    Joe E Taleo Senior member

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    Never thought about it- when I used to do them I thought they were very low impact, because you're not really lifting your feet too much once you get good at it, and after a while your calves get pretty strong (lessening impact even more) and ankles get strong (tendons get tougher, I think- smart guys can enlighten me if this is incorrect) which I think would actually lessen your chances at injury. I also only jumped rope on a wood floor (or when the gym filled up, in the ring) in the gym, which is obviously much lower impact than jumping rope on like concrete.

    And, I think this is true for any sort of repetitive exercise, you can get efficient enough where it's not really even giving you a workout anymore, unless you mix it up by double skipping or varying your pace or however. I'd jump rope to warm up for boxing, and if I were feeling lazy I'd go ahead and jump rope for two rounds (including thirty second breaks) and barely be breaking a sweat. I'm not saying I could do that now, even at an easy pace I think I'd be dead after one round.
     


  12. Working Stiff

    Working Stiff Senior member

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    What's bad for your kness is only doing exercises that involve little or no impact. Activities like running, which put moderate stress on your joints, actually make those joints stronger and help maintain bone density. I think that jumping rope is a good idea, though I have never done it myself.
     


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    coldarchon Senior member

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    If you do them properly, and do them on a mat, are they okay to do in the long term without risking knee damage?

    how are they done properly?
     


  14. robbie

    robbie Pleading Poverty

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    skipping rope is great exercise

    running on a treadmill is where i'd worry about my knees.
     


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