Hips Don’t Lie: The Importance of Hip Strengthening for Runners
Running has a specific and predictable set of performance demands. Aside from its repetitive nature, running is a midrange, low level plyometric activity that involves bounding from one leg to the next in a balanced manner. Inadequate hip strength can lead to a relatively high incidence of running related injuries (RRIs) such as tibial stress fractures, iliotibal band syndrome, hip bursitis and patellofemoral pain syndrome. Weakness of the hips and glutes can cause poor lower extremity mechanics causing your pelvis to be unstable, poor knee alignment and increase stress on your ankles/feet.
Here are sample hip/glute strengthening exercises to assist in preventing those running related injuries.