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Old 04-06-2010, 04:45 AM   #1
Jonny Smyth
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Hip Impingement & wods


Does anyone have any experience with an athlete diagnosed with hip impingement??

The impingement kicks in when going below parallel in squats, so our approach has been to eliminate ohs, front squat, back squat, air squat, thrusters & wall-ball from workouts; replacing all the squat work with lunges. The athlete has also had to relearn snatch & clean which she now catches in a split.

Anyone out there who could share some experience on the subject?? Push-Jerks now replace thrusters and sit-up medball throw subs for wallball...any other ideas from anyone?


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Old 04-06-2010, 06:20 AM   #2
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Re: Hip Impingement & wods

How is their technique? Usually you can avoid hip impingement issues if you force your knees out on squats/thrusters/wallballs/etc, so if they can't get their knees out it's probably a flexibility or muscular imbalance problem that needs to be addressed. Have they been to a doctor or PT? I'd say an inability to squat without pain is a fairly significant problem for anyone, athlete or not, so my main concern would be getting some treatment rather than finding ways to work around it.
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Old 04-06-2010, 05:18 PM   #3
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Re: Hip Impingement & wods


1. hamstring tension
2. Internal rotation (stretches the hip external rotators) -- kneecap points in as the feet come out
3. External hip rotation (stretches internal hip rotators) -- butterfly/indian style sitting with patella facing out and lower leg coming medially
4. adductor tension/length

It's likely a combination of 2-3 of the above...
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