Establishing Your Drive Train: Screening and Correcting the Hip Hinge

Establishing Your Drive Train: Screening and Correcting the Hip Hinge

The hip hinge is one of the most common problems among young children. They are prone to develop it because they do not have enough strength in their legs. It is very difficult to correct such problem since it requires special attention from both parents and teachers. There are many things which need to be done before correcting the hip hinge. If your child is unable to perform the hip hinge correctly, then there will be no way out of this situation.

In order to get rid of the problem, you must first understand what causes it. You may consult with a doctor or pediatrician if you are concerned about your child’s health condition. After having understood all these facts, you will have a better idea how to correct the problem.

Hip hinge is caused due to lack of strength in the lower back muscles. When the hips move forward, the knees bend. This causes a strain on the lower back muscles. These muscles include gluteus medius, gluteus minimus, semimembranosus and tensor fascia latae (TFL). All these muscle groups work together to stabilize the pelvis and prevent falling down while walking or running.

It has been found that children who have weak gluteus medius muscles are most prone to developing hip hinges. They are also less coordinated and have poor posture.

If your child is one of those who suffers from hip hinges, then you should try to correct this problem right away. The first thing you should do is check it at regular intervals. It is very important to examine if there is any unevenness in the bend or curve of the lower back. If your child starts to show signs of hip hinge, then you should consult with a doctor immediately.

There are many things which can be done in order to correct the hip hinge. The first thing which you should do is incorporate regular core strengthening exercises for your child. You can also choose a particular sport like swimming, martial arts or even gymnastics which develops strength and coordination of the lower back muscles. You must remember that all these exercises should be properly supervised by a trained instructor.

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