We are known to put a large focus on ‘hips’ in our training to keep us moving well, and pain free, but how important is our hip strength for dealing with knee pain, in particular patellofemoral pain?
A recent study tested hip abduction, and hip extension strength in a group of individuals dealing with patellofemoral pain.
Isometric and 10 repetition max strength was tested, along with repetition endurance and power of abduction/extension.
It was found that patellofemoral pain was correlated with large deficits in Isometric, Dynamic, and also Power at the hip compared to the control without pain.
The findings in this study suggest that, while looking at our Isometric and Dynamic are evidently effective, some may find further relief from patellofemoral pain by addressing the rate of force production at our hips with power specific training.
Nunes, G., de Oliveira Silva, D., Pizzari, T., Serrão, F., Crossley, K., & Barton, C. (2019). Clinically measured hip muscle capacity deficits in people with patellofemoral pain. Physical Therapy In Sport, 35, 69-74. doi: 10.1016/j.ptsp.2018.11.003
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