Knee vs Hip Dominant Movements


If you're having hip or knee issues, it doesn't mean you can't work out. There are ways to modify the movements you want to do with less stress to the joints. Check out @dr.nicolept's demo of hip vs knee dominant movements and modify your workout accordingly!


It’s very rare that an athlete experiencing pain needs to stop training completely. Often, we simply need to modify their activities slightly, while building up load tolerance/tissue capacity in the painful area, and then gradually reintroduce the formerly painful activities. . If an athlete is having anterior knee pain or pain in the groin/anterior hip with deep squats, maybe we’ll try a more hip dominant exercise like the hip hinge/RDL shown in the video. . If an athlete is having low back pain or has a proximal hamstring strain, maybe we’ll start with more knee dominant exercises and then gradually reintroduce the hip dominant exercises again. . The fact of the matter is that athletes are strong and capable - and they need to continue to believe that about themselves even when they are injured or experiencing pain (not mutually exclusive). When we tell an athlete that they’re having pain in x because y is tight and z is weak, that belief tends to stay with them long after their symptoms disappear. . Keep them believing in themselves and in their bodies by making simple modifications instead of completely sidelining them. It can take a tremendous emotional and psychological toll on an athlete to be told they cannot participate in any of their normal activities. Empower them! Shutting them down is a cop out, quite frankly. Listen to them, be creative, keep it simple, do better!
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