The hips are the power house to the body. Hip strength, development and mobility ARE CRUCIAL to success in any athlete ventur. I treat too many athletes with hip injuries that require them to miss practice time from their sport or even stop working out!
The majority of hip injuries I see happen either early in the season when a player’s body is adapting to the stresses of the sport, or late in the season when fatigue and overuse becomes a significant factor. A young player who has recently gone through a growth spurt, and who is getting used to their new body, is easily susceptible to these injuries. Gaining balance in mobility and stability from the feet to the shoulders is important to keep hips healthy.
Types of hip injuries range from strains of the hip muscles to surgical cases. An athlete could miss up to 6 weeks for a simple strain, or in the worst-case scenario, may require surgery and be out for 6-9 months. For those with minor hip injuries, the quickest way to get back on the field is through physical therapy for hip pain.
Here is a Physical Therapist assessing the hip of a CrossFitter
The hip joint is a BALL and Socket joint which pretty much means it has a ton of movements and mobility- the sphere shape of the femur allows the joint to move in all planes of motion. Joint issues themselves can arise, you can develop a stiff or tight joint or joint capsule- traditionally these require manual intervention to help increase the mobility. Since this joint is extremely mobile the muscles/tendons have a MAJOR factor on the overall mobility of the joint- it is crucial to keep your muscles healthy, mobile and flexible to ensure overall hip health. There is a TON of education about the hip that we can go into (but is not the highlight of this article if interested check our seminar out https://www.ironhealth.co/hip-seminar)
The purpose of this article is to take away something to do RIGHT now to help keep your hip moving healthy from the video above.
Education really is power. The more your educate yourself in keeping your hips moving and healthy the more power you will have in your life. Do not wait until there is pain START today to enhance tomorrow. If you are currently suffering from pain understand it is NOT to late but you MUST act NOW to help yourself progress in life. Do not delay any further educate yourself here;
Disclaimer: If you continue to experience unbearable, recurring pain, be sure to schedule an appointment with your physician or join our physical therapy family and allow us to help you regain function.
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Board-Certified Orthopedic Specialist
Joseph received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from New York Medical College and is also recognized as a Board-Certified Orthopedic Specialist. As a former competitive athlete and weightlifter, Joseph understands the specific needs and demands of the human body. Joseph’s goal is to maintain an active approach to rehab while facilitating recovery..