Runners, introducing the hip flexorsFeb 09, 2024
If we again delve into Tim Dorn’s 2012 study on the contribution of various muscles in running, we see the hip flexors (iliopsoas) performing close to 2 x bodyweight of work at slower speeds, but with an increased contribution at faster speeds, to the point where at 9 metres per second, the iliopsoas performs the most work of ANY other muscle, at a tremendous 9 times per body weight!!
What function do the hip flexor muscles serve in runners?
What are the consequences of weak hip flexor muscles?
Hip pain & stiffness during and after a run
Hip flexor tendinopathy
Decreased ability to accelerate
- Decreased ability to run at faster speeds: Higher speeds require greater demands on hip flexor strength, so if there is insufficient strength, higher speeds may be unattainable.
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