Posture Alignment Specialists have been saying for YEARS (and thousands of people have listened and learned) - DON'T BLAME THE SPORT, BLAME THE BODY GOING INTO THE SPORT, then fix the muscle imbalance messing up proper joint position.
See the article in The Washington Post:
As millennials flock to high-intensity workouts, hip pain follows.
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My favorite part is:
"It’s not uncommon for active young adults to experience some joint pain, but orthopedic specialists worry that regimens that rely on heavy weightlifting or intense aerobic exercises are causing more hip injuries. There are no definitive studies that correlate the two, but research in the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy says high-intensity activities appear to increase the risk of hip osteoarthritis, a degenerative joint disease.
What’s more, specialists at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center have reported a rise in cases of young adults with femoral acetabular impingement, a condition that occurs when the ball of the femur fails to fit securely into the hip socket. High levels of activity, they say, can cause the plate to fuse in an abnormal shape and result in a hip impingement."
Oh dear, there are no definitive studies. But it "appears" to increase risks for disease!
Come on folks. Let's wake up and smell the coffee. WHO NEEDS A STUDY?
Let's use common sense and look at the body for heaven's sake. Here's a novel idea: Let's look at the WHOLE body and the position the muscles have pulled the joints and bones in.
Here is your ANSWER to degenerative joints......the USER IS DOING IT TO THEMSELVES but being sold I mean told a DISEASE has taken hold and shredding their joints is not accurate.
Jump up and down on a stair or step or riser 100-500 times WITH EXTERNAL FEMURS/KNEES and EVERTED FEET. You will degenerate any or all of the components of various joints. It may not even take that may repetitions.
Look at the photo from The Washington Post's article below. See the woman's feet are everted and knees point outward. The man's feet and knees are pointed straight ahead - that's good and healthy. Her feet/knees are not, that's bad and dangerous although she does not have a disease. But soon there will be pain.
THAT IS SIGNIFICANT.
Everted feet, external legs are significant. That tells a super smart Posture Alignment Specialist certified by the Egoscue University that the ankle and the hip muscles are OUT OF BALANCE and proper foot strike and biomechanical ankle, low leg, knee and hips function is DYSFUNCTIONAL but FIXABLE!!!
Yes and then add Kettle Bells and ask dysfunctional joints to work with an added 20-30 lbs of weight. Good luck with that.
So what about the Femural Acetabular Impingment reported increase by Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. YES!!! Over strengthen your hip flexors and your abs so you get the 6-pack and the hefty thighs and try and centrate the head of the femur in the socket without capable strong functional glutes, bingo, you got FAI.
The ball of the femur has to have equal pull and action on it to stay in the hip socket. It's a round ball.....right? Hip flexors and hip EXTENSORS especially the Glutes must be working correctly to move the femur and keep it sitting properly in the joint. AND the upper thoracic (upper body spine) position must also be optimal and working well too but that's another discussion. No glutes no glory, no hip EXTENSION. Hip Extension is 50% of your gait.
We treat many causalties from intense workouts as well as not so intense workouts. Weekend warrior, triathlete, Ironman, marathoner, CrossFitter, yoga-Pilates student heck the housewife who changed the shower curtain, it's not the sport, it's not the class, the trainer, it's not the weights or the shoes, the golf club, the equipment in the gym. It's not the SHOWER CURTAIN's fault. It's you.
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Catee Ingwersen is an Egoscue certified Posture Alignment Specialist and Licensed Massage Therapist.