The perfect warm-up?

Here is quite possibly one of the best routines you can do prior to heading out the door for your run.  While I don’t like to pigeon hole anyone into a single group when it comes to mechanical deficiencies, most runners could prevent a lot of injuries, and maybe improve performance, if they improve the efficiency of their hip joint.

The hip joint is unique in that it depends on being both mobile and stable.  When it comes to running we need a lot of mobility in the hip, moving forward and backwards, yet we need the surrounding muscles to be able to stabilize the joint in certain planes.  A stable hip prevents undue stress on the joints above and below.  So yes, this could potentially be prescribed for runners who suffer from low back pain or knee pain.

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