A footballer's knee feels the full force of the game's explosive demands - every impact, every twist, every turn, every collision.
Exposed to the elements, it's vulnerable and needs protecting. As much fun as it would be to slip on an armour plated knee pad, that's not an option so there's only one thing for it - build an indestructible joint.
But as Manchester City's head of sports science, Sam Erith, explains, it's not just a case of strengthening the knee, but also the muscles around it.
Making sure your quads, glutes, hips and hamstrings are robust and flexible spreads the workload and eases the pressure on the knee.
In this video Erith takes City defender Micah Richards through an exercise that challenges the knee joint and works the rest of his lower body.
Micah is an ambassador for If U Care Share, a charity that encourages young people to discuss their problems: www.ifucareshare.co.uk
Build explosive power
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Switch on your glutes for 90 minutes: Part one
Switch on your glutes for 90 minutes: Part two
Fire up your hips for action: Part one
Fire up your hips for action: Part two
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