The hip is a ball and socket joint with 27 muscles that cross it to control its many planes of movement! Some muscles act as primary movers while others act as dynamic stabilizers of the hip. When the hip capsule is hypomobile or tight, your body may compensate from either up or down the kinetic chain to gain mobility. This has been shown to lead to pathologies in the lumbar spine (Reiman 2009, Devin 2012, Burns 2011) and lower extremity (Reiman 2009, Cliborne 2004, and Currier 2007). This article will show you 4 exercises to improve your Hip Mobility!
Ankle sprains are the most common injury in sports and physical activity, estimating to be about 25% of all injuries across sports. Of all ankle injuries, 85% involve the lateral ankle ligaments. There is strong evidence suggesting you increase risk of re-spraining your ankle two fold within the first year of spraining your ankle. Every year in the US, lateral ankle sprain affects 2.15 of every 1,000 people which results in $2 billion of healthcare costs. (Waterman, Owens, Zacchili, & Belmont, 2010). All these costs are primarily from non-invasive treatment. We know that athletes today benefit from the BEST available rehab techniques and here is a statistic that proves my point: in the NBA there are approximately 100 ankle sprains per season, and in the last 11 years there have only been 4 that require surgical intervention. With high incidence of ankle sprains and the associated economic burden/negative chronic consequences, this calls for Preventative measures.