What’s This Research About?
Does hip strengthening affect ground reactions forces (GRFs) when landing a jump?
In other words, how does proximal stability affect distal mobility?
This study examines how hip strength affects the knees and ankles in female athletes with a history of ankle injury. Why focus on female athletes? Because females are more susceptible to ankle sprains and injuries. More specifically, female interscholastic and intercollegiate
basketball players are 25% more at risk for ankle injuries and 70% likely to have recurring ankle instability.
They hypothesized that increased hip strength (abductors and external rotators) may impact GRFs in female basketball players with limited ankle dorsiflexion.