Why Hip Strength is Important in Runners

Hip strength is one of the most important muscle groups in preventing and rehabilitating running injuries. Assessing for weakness is often forgotten but is important in many types of lower leg injuries, whether it be knee, foot and/or around the ankle.

Adequate strength, activation and endurance of these muscles are required to allow optimisation of biomechanics for walking, running and for reducing further injuries.

Hip muscles act to extend, flex or rotate the hip and femur. With adequate strength the ability of the muscles to control pelvic stability during weight bearing helps minimise overload injuries in athletes.

A physiotherapist’s role in the treatment of lower leg running injuries begins with assessment of the hip. Video analysis is often undertaken to view biomechanical imbalances that may lead to hip and lower leg issues.

Rick factors for hip overload can include:

  • Female
  • Previous hip injury
  • Change in running terrain or footwear
  • Repetitive loading
  • High change of direction sports at increased velocities
  • Increase in training load – distance per week, frequency, speed

Correct rehabilitation is important for a successful return to sport and to minimise the risk of re- injury.

If you have a hip related injury please call our Devonport or Launceston clinic to speak with our friendly administration team so they can place you with the best Physiotherapist to help.

About the Author:

Joe McCormack is a Director & Physiotherapist at Physiotas in Launceston.

Joe is a Director of Physiotas. He grew up in Launceston and studied at UTAS and UNISA. Joe has a special interest in sporting hip and groin pain, as well as knee injuries across all age groups. Joe is about to complete his Masters of Sports Physiotherapy which has given him the opportunity to work with many elite and sub elite football and soccer teams. He worked with AFL TAS, Football Federation TAS and Hockey Tasmania.

Joe is an avid triathlete who you will find running and riding along the streets of Launceston most days.