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Running injuries and hip weakness

OakLeaf2010-05-01 08:27:26 +0000 #1

Full text is by subscription only. Very interesting, especially as I've noticed more soreness around my hips after tough runs than anywhere else. I'll definitely be adding more hip strengthening exercises to my routine!
colby2010-05-01 08:31:30 +0000 #2
And don't forget your glutes!!! Ever-important counter-balancing muscles.

Good exercises for glute medius:
kacie tri-ing2010-05-01 09:02:29 +0000 #3
This is my thread an my running/PT life
Jolt2010-05-01 09:31:51 +0000 #4
Hip muscle weakness (specifically glute medius) definitely seems to be a contributing factor at least in IT band syndrome. It certainly was in my case last year. However, I have come to think that the real cause of the problem is that because of the way our shoes cause us to walk/run, we tend to use these muscles less and others too much. In other words, we end up using sloppy form that results in imbalances and injuries. The glutes are important for walking/running lightly rather than pounding the ground like padded shoes encourage us to do. (Try walking barefoot across some gravel--you'll notice it feels a lot better when you focus on using your butt muscles for propulsion than when you walk the way you probably are used to doing in shoes). That's why I made the switch to running in minimal shoes (no padding or support, and very flexible) or barefoot. It has definitely helped me get rid of an annoying problem (more than doing the PT exercises did--they helped with strength and flexibility but didn't address the underlying form issue)!



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