Stronger Hips Reduce Running Pain

Stronger Hips Reduce Running Pain One of the most common injuries for runners is patellofemoral pain in the knees. Researchers from Purdue University's School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences have found that strengthening the hips not only helps reduce this type of pain but improves running mechanics at the same time.

Scientists had 10 female recreational runners perform one-leg squats and lower body exercises with resistance bands for 30 to 45 minutes twice weekly for 6 weeks. Before this workout intervention they rated knee pain 7 on a scale of 1 to 10. Afterward their perception of pain was ranked 2 or lower.

True Strength Moment: On the pain scale used for this research, 7 was the point at which a runner decided to stop exercising. Level 3 was the onset of pain. So working a bodybuilder style 'leg day' training session into your regular exercise program might go a long way toward getting your running goals back on track.
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