03 Apr '11, 12am

Hip exercise helps runners' knee pain - Yahoo!

Runners suffering knee pain could find relief from intensive hip-strengthening exercises, a Calgary team of researchers says. As the weather warms and more Canadians lace up their runners, injury prevention comes to the fore. With that in mind, the University of Calgary's running injury clinic used gait analysis to show how hip and knee alignment is key to preventing injuries in runners. The 25 runners participating in the study did treadmill tests, and the clinic captured their motion in 3D to analyze their gaits and the relationship between their knees, hips and ankles. Before three weeks had passed, 15 runners doing exercises to strengthen their hip abductors reported less pain and showed more strength and less stride-to-stride variability — a sign of recovery — compared with a control group of 10 runners. "We've shown that strengthening those critical hip muscles helps...

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