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Old 04-20-2011, 10:43 AM   #2
Brent Sallee
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Re: Excessive internal hip rotation

To be perfectly honest, most people don't just have excessive internal rotation. Your client likely has femoral retrotorsion, which is an excessive spiraling of the femur. The femoral head is in neutral, but it looks like the individual is in internal rotation. It'll also look like he/she has very little external rotation, if that's the case. Honestly, this is a point where you have to question if heavy weightlifting is right for this individual. To properly deadlift and squat, slight external rotation is preferred. However, even at neutral, they are already in external rotation, reducing the contact surface between the femoral head and the acetabulum (concave socket of the hip). That increases their risk of serious injury and even osteoarthritis in the long haul. Honestly, it may behoove them to focus on other movements. Heavy squatting and deadlifting aren't going to be a good fit for them.
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