Research Review: The Influence of Hip Strength on Lower Limb, Pelvis, and Trunk Kinematics and Coordination Patterns During Walking and Hopping in Healthy Women
By Jinny McGivern DPT, PT, Certified Yoga Instructor
Edited by Amy Martinez DPT, PT
and Brent Brookbush DPT, PT, COMT, MS, PES, CES, CSCS, ACSM H/FS
Original Citation: Smith, J. A., Popovich Jr, J. M., & Kulig, K. (2014). The influence of hip strength on lower-limb, pelvis, and trunk kinematics and coordination patterns during walking and hopping in healthy women. journal of orthopaedic & sports physical therapy, 44(7), 525-531. - ARTICLE
A growing body of research is demonstrating that impaired muscular control of the hip, pelvis and trunk affect lower extremity (LE) kinematics and kinetics in multiple planes (1-5). This 2014 study by U.S. researchers demonstrated a correlation between hip weakness, increased frontal plane trunk motion, and significantly altered LE, trunk and pelvis coordination during weight bearing tasks. Human movement professionals should consider assessing and addressing any noted weakness of hip abductors and extensors in individuals exhibiting LE dysfunction.
|Study Design||Cross-sectional correlation study|
|Level of Evidence||III Evidence from non-experimental descriptive studies, such as comparative studies, correlation studies and case-control studies|