1 week ago, I had to have a knee X-ray after a period of knee pain brought on by a longer-than-usual run. The result of the scan was that, as well as having cartilidge in my right knee that is well-worn, no big deal, I guess, I have the onset of arthritis as well.
My doctor told me that I really shouldn't run anymore, which, whilst being irritating, is not the end of the world, as running is my least favourite thing out of all of the activity I do. The mountain-biking, the weight-training and the Karate should all be okay as long as I'm careful.
My reason for posting this topic is: I have come to the conclusion that, when training, I'm now going to have to pull my kicks somewhat short of the 'leg fully-extended with speed and power' position that I am sure we are all familiar with. I have experimented with this this weekend and, whilst it's going to take some getting used to, I can do it, if it means I can continue training and not run the risk of being crippled in 10 years. My doctor agreed that this would be a good thing to do for the sake of my knee. So, the question is, how will this affect power delivery if I ever have to deliver a full-power technique? If I become accustomed to 'pulling', will that become ingrained into my technique so it becomes the norm, even in a 'situation'? The 'new' method of kicking seems to produce a quicker kick, but, I imagine, not as powerful.
This is all very irritating; after all, I'm 'only' 41. But, life has dished this up and now I have to deal with it. If anyone has any thoughts, I'd be glad to hear them.