Hey! It is Wednesday, so it is legs workout day in the gym. I am off to exercise at my home gym.
But prior to that, I did a quick video for you about hip pain.
Enjoy the video and article below!
In today’s video, I wanted to explain the #1 muscle that will help prevent hip pain.
#1 Muscle For Hip Pain Prevention
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The number one muscle for hip pain prevention is the hip flexors. I will explain the 5 reasons why you need to target this muscle in order to prevent hip pain.
#1 – Knee drives
The hip flexors play a key role in running. They play an important role when it comes to knee drives , pulling the knee forward and bringing the leg back. If there is tightness in the hip, it will affect how much resistance or how far back your leg can be brought back.
#2 – Balance
When there is balance in the hip flexors, they work with the gluteus maximus in order to help with performance and decrease the risk of injury. If the hip flexors are tight, they affect the gluteus maximus, which can lead to injuries like knee pain, back pain and S.I joint pain.
#3 – Core function
Balanced hip flexors help in core function, providing rigidity in the abdominal area to improve performance. Core function also helps in injury prevention, minimizing unnecessary stress on injured areas. Poor core function can lead to knee pain, back pain and hip pain.
#4 – Squat depth
Hip flexors play a role when it comes to squat depth, raising out of the squat, and exploding out of the squat. If you have tight hip flexors, it will be difficult to get into a deep squat position. You might also shift your weight more forward on the mid foot and on the toes. This leads to unnecessary stress in the knee, irritating the knee and causing knee injury or full blown constant knee pain.
#5 – Stability in the femur or thigh bone
The hip flexors provide stability in the femur or thigh bone. If there is poor balance and tightness, the femur is pulled forward, affecting the way you squat. This could lead to pinching when you squat deep.
Rick Kaselj, MS
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