Hip weakness is the most common problem we see in kids of all ages and even the occasional adult. This includes the powerful gluteal muscles and the abductors. These are the most important muscles for increasing leg power which leads to improved speed, agility, and jumping.
However, this weakness is rarely an isolated problem.
It is strongly associated with hip flexor tightness, hamstring tightness, and poor core strength. These problems are interrelated. A deficiency in one area can lead to problems and compensations in the other areas. For example, tight hip flexors (usually from the extensive amount of sitting we do) and weak core muscles (especially external oblique's) can lead to the pelvis rotating forward. This will cause poor gluteal muscle activation which in turn will lead to overuse of the hamstrings.
The hamstrings are the second most powerful hip extensors. The low back muscles will overwork due to the lack of pelvic motion and tight hamstrings. All of these compensations can result in pain or injury of the low back, hips, knees, and ankles.
The key to preventing
these problems is proper activation of the hip muscles. The fundamental component
of our program is getting these muscles to work properly. This results
in a better ability to progress through the rest of the training stages in
order to develop powerful movements, reduce the risk of injury, and allow
for more successful skill development.
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