Welcome back to Squat University! For the past few weeks we’ve been covering the topic of knee pain. Today I want switch gears and introduce a new series on hip pain!
Prevalence of Hip Pain in Athletes
Hip injuries (including groin and hamstring injuries) are not as prevalent in weightlifting, powerlifting or CrossFit athletes when compared to knee, shoulder, and low back injuries. For example, after studying elite weightlifters at the US Olympic Training Center over a 6 year period, researchers Gregg Calhoon and Dr. Andrew Fry found injuries to the hip, hamstring and groin accounted for a combined 7.5% of the total observed injuries.1 Similar low numbers have also been found in competitive powerlifters and those participating in CrossFit.2
While the amount of injuries to the hip region may not be as prevalent as those found elsewhere in the body, these types of injuries still occur and need to be addressed appropriately. Finding the source and the proper course of treatment for your hip pain can be a daunting task, however with the proper diagnosis we’ll be able to better direct you in fixing the problem.
What’s Coming Up?
For the next few weeks we’re going to focus on many of the different causes of hip pain common to barbell athletes. These will include:
- Hip Impingement (FAI or AIS)
- Hip Flexor Strain
- Piriformis Syndrome
- Groin Pain, Adductor Strain and Hernia
- Hamstring Strain
- Lateral Hip Pain (Greater Trochanteric Bursitis)
While there are definitely other causes of hip pain, these seem to be the most common to those who participate in barbell training. We’ll start by discussing how to self-diagnose what kind of hip pain you may have, explain exactly what led to it’s development, and show you how to treat it effectively. With that being said, I always recommend if you have serious pain, you should seek out a medical professional to address your hip pain.
Until next time,
- Calhoon G & Fry AC. Injury rates and profiles of elite competitive weightlifters. Journal of Athletic Training. 1999;34(3):232-238
- Keogh JWL, Hume P, Pearson S. Retrospective injury epidemiology of one hundred one competitive oceania power lifters: the effects of age, body mass, competitive standard, and gender. The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. 2006; 20(3): 672-81
- Weisenthal BM, Beck CA, Maloney MD, et al. Injury rate and patterns among crossfit athlete. The Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine. 2014; 2(4):1-7