The hips are such a vital area when it comes to everyday movements and athletics. That is why I wanted to devote an entire series on exploring related topics concerning maintaining optimal performance and resilience. Even if you think, “my hips are fine, I don’t need this,” please realize that the hips have a big impact on the knee, lower body mechanics and lumbar spine health. Therefore, I cannot overstate their importance!
In today’s video, and future videos, we will go more in-depth about self-assessment, flexibility, neuromuscular activation, strength vs. stability, and multi-planar movement. Be sure to click here first and watch ‘The Hips Don’t Lie’ series trailer. I hope you enjoy the content! And, please comment below with any questions or comments.
In the first video in ‘The Hips Don’t Lie’ series, let’s explore self-assessing hip range of motion. Why I’m so passionate about the topic of self-assessment is because people often stretch and/or mobilize without even knowing what is restricted.
Oftentimes, just because you feel tight doesn’t actually mean you need to stretch. There is a lot of subjectiveness to “tightness” and self-assessing range of motion can help steer you in the correct path to success.
In the following video, I will teach you a few quick and dirty self-assessments that look at the hamstrings (90/90 straight leg raise) and hip flexors (thomas test):
Be on the lookout for future videos in ‘The Hips Don’t Lie’ Series!!
By: Garrett McLaughlin, MS, ATC, CSCS, ART