Sunday, September 18, 2016

The Zombie Apocalypse Will Be Hard On The Knees

War isn't easy on the knees.  The rigors of vigorous physical training, heavy body armor and packs, and long hours on the march take a toll on the bodies of soldiers.  According to this Stars & Stripes article, many soldiers end up developing degenerative arthritis at a young age. Between 1998 and 2008, military doctors diagnosed over 100,000 cases of the disease.  Overall soldiers were 26% more likely than the general population to develop the incurable disease.  It's just one of the many ways that our soldiers develop injuries and health problems that most of us don't even think about.

Here's the thing:  degenerative arthritis is a disease affected soldiers who were in peak physical condition.  If the Zombie Apocalypse ever happens, it will be even harder on the knees of all us overweight computer nerds who sit around reading about Zombies on the internet. That would be us!  We're going to need some knee protection and some techniques to avoid knee injury.

Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs Trooper - By Vitaly V. Kuzmin ( [CC BY-SA 3.0 ( or CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons
Research by the military in the United Kingdom has found that military recruits who follow a strict regimen of leg stretches and exercises to strengthen the knee can avoid many common knee injuries.  This article by a former Navy SEAL provides some good stretches to help avoid knee injuries.

If you are preparing for a Zombie Apocalypse or the end of the world as we know it, you might want to get some tactical knee pads.  A Zombie Apocalypse is bound to hurt!

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