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James Pegrum, Alex Self and Nick Hall reported the case of a woman, aged 25, who recently started training for her first marathon. When she increased her running distance from 10 to 18 km, she developed lateral knee pain and tightness, worse when running downhill.
They diagnosed an iliotibial band syndrome which also occurs with a variety of activities including basketball, cycling, field sports, hiking, hockey, rowing and swimming. They noted that the iliotobial band syndrome is relieved by rest. They detailed exercises which may be advised, including leg exercises after joining the ankles with an elastic band and IT band stretches.
Surely, the sensible advice is to avoid activities, including sports, which cause pain and to enjoy healthy pleasures such as light gardening, painting, reading, walking and writing.