Speed Pulley Power Training for the Injured Hip Flexor

According to a recent study published by Serner et al. “Characteristics of acute groin injuries in the hip flexor muscles — A detailed MRI study in athletes”, hip flexor injuries account for one third of the groin injuries in athletes. In about fifty percent of the cases, the rectus femoris is involved. This study observed the difference in the mechanism of injury between the rectus femoris and the iliopsoas. While the iliopsoas mechanism of injury mainly includes change in direction, the rectus femoris mechanism involved kicking and sprinting.

In the rehabilitation of an injured athlete, training for power with specificity of movement and precision in dosing is key. Prior to return to sport activities, the final phase in the rehabilitation of the injured tissue includes improving the tissue’s capacity to produce power. As with all therapeutic exercises, specificity of the therapeutic exercise dose and design will greatly enhance efficacy of the intervention.

Speed pulleys are ideal for training power because the resistance glides smoothly at high speeds. Sport specific movement patterns can be trained up to speed and with precisely dosed resistance. Shown here is the Steens Physical 60kg Speed Pulley which allows for fast movements with incremental precision dosing. This pulley is ideal for upper and lower quadrant exercises suitable for novice to professional athletes.

Serner A, Weir A, Tol JL, Thorborg K, Roemer F, Guermazi A, Yamashiro E, Hölmich P. Characteristics of acute groin injuries in the hip flexor muscles – a detailed MRI study in athletes. Scand J Med Sci Sports. 2018 Feb;28(2):677-685.

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