9 Causes of Hip Pain During and After Running

Preventing Hip Alignment Issues

Prevention of hip alignment issues or recurrences involves avoiding some of the behaviors mentioned above, through such steps as:

  • Strength training: Single-leg exercises such as pistol squats are particularly helpful for working through muscular imbalances.
  • Regular massage: Prevent muscular tightness from affecting your form by regularly working out adhesions.
  • Run on flat surfaces: This can be tricky, but you should run in the middle of the road when possible. When it's not possible, try to alternate sides of the road when possible.
  • Watch your posture: Maintaining good posture is one of the things we can do during our work day (or everyday lives) that helps with our running.
  • Be conscious of your pattern: If you instinctively carry heavy loads on the same side all the time (purses or other bags), get in the habit of alternating sides.

Given that hip misalignment is so easy to develop and therefore pretty common, all runners would do well to pay attention to their habits that may contribute to this issue, and do what they can to avoid it from happening.

This article first appeared on Predawn Runner.

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    Greg Strosaker

    Greg Strosaker is a marathon-winning author, online running coach and owner of Predawn Runner. With a focus on helping busy runners achieve their full potential through smart science- and experience-based training advice, Greg provides a unique perspective on fitting it all together. As a father of three young boys, product manager and husband to a hospital administrator, Greg "proves by doing" by living the values he espouses on Predawn Runner. You can connect with Greg on Google+ or Twitter

    Greg Strosaker is a marathon-winning author, online running coach and owner of Predawn Runner. With a focus on helping busy runners achieve their full potential through smart science- and experience-based training advice, Greg provides a unique perspective on fitting it all together. As a father of three young boys, product manager and husband to a hospital administrator, Greg "proves by doing" by living the values he espouses on Predawn Runner. You can connect with Greg on Google+ or Twitter

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