Hip injuries are very common in the sports of weightlifting, powerlifting and CrossFit. However, what most people don’t realize is that the cause of the pain was often there long before the symptoms started. A great exercise that I’ve been using recently during the rehab process of patients dealing with hip injuries is the “airplane”Continue reading The Hip Airplane
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 whenContinue reading What Kind Of Hip Pain Do You Have?
As coaches we often have a standard set-up for teaching the barbell squat. Toes should point out slightly, feet should be placed at shoulder width and everyone should squat below parallel. Unfortunately this doesn’t always work. No two people will squat exactly the same way. There is no “one size fits all” approach to squatting.Continue reading How Hip Anatomy Affects Squat Mechanics
Today I wanted to share a few of my favorite tools to improve hip mobility. I also want to share with you my 4-step process in dealing with hip stiffness. 1) Mobilize, 2) Foam Roll, 3) Stretch, 4) Posterior-Chain Activation. Continue reading How to Improve Hip Mobility
Hip mobility is a very important aspect in achieving a full depth squat. Stiff hips decrease our ability to properly activate the appropriate muscles in our hips. Essentially, we bleed out a good amount of power during heavy squats. Understanding the cause of our restricted hip mobility is the first step in establishing effective ways to fix the problem.Continue reading The Squat Fix: Hip Mobility Pt 2
Today, we’re going to skip the knees for now and move onto the hips. This is another area of the body that tends to develop stiffness. Limited range-of-motion at the hips can limit our ability to squat to full depth. Most of us could benefit from working on our hip mobility issues.Continue reading How to Screen Hip Mobility