If the average personal trainer had a dollar for every time a new client identified a history of knee pain during their pre-exercise screening, they’d have a solidly reliable passive income stream. As many of the largest, most powerful muscles of the body cross the hip and attach to the leg, any restrictions in these muscles can affect the correct functioning of the hips. This in turn places significant stress on the knees.
This hip mobility assessment from Justin Price, creator of The Biomechanics Method®, is a simple activity that can help identify risk of knee pain in new and existing clients.
- Have your client lay on the floor on their back with their legs about 45-60cm apart
- Ask them to try to turn both of their legs inward so their feet move toward each other
- Look to see if one leg cannot turn in as far as the other
- If there is no visible difference, ask your client to tell you if they can feel a difference between the sides, or if one side is more difficult to turn in than the other
- Ideal range is about 30°.
Understanding how the relationship between mobility and strength can cause dysfunction is a key factor for keeping your clients injury-free and primed for optimum performance. If you’re interested in learning more about assessment for, and prescription of, corrective exercise, check out The Biomechanics Method Corrective Exercise Trainer course today!