The key to the preservation of anything—including our climber knees—is minimizing wear-and-tear. Recognizing the signs and incorporating proactive decision-making will help our gear, and ourselves, last longer.
The heel hook is a common and very necessary move in climbing, especially on overhanging rock. But it's also the source of much woe, from hamstring tears to knee injuries. Do these three simple exercises every week to prep for heel hooking and prevent injury to your legs.