Do novice runners have weak hips and bad running form?
Up to 70% of runners will develop an overuse injury within any one-year period, with novice runners being particularly susceptible. The aim of the current study was to firstly investigate the predisposition of novice female runners to injury by identifying any differences in running mechanics and strength measures compared with their well-trained counterparts. Additionally, the study sought to assess the relationship between hip and trunk strength with coronal and transverse hip kinematics during running.
19 healthy experienced and 19 healthy active novice runners participated. Whilst no statistically significant differences in peak non-sagittal hip kinematics or strength were observed between groups, the novice runners demonstrated a clinically meaningful trend towards increased peak hip internal rotation. Furthermore, a decrease in trunk endurance was associated with an increased peak hip internal rotation angle.
Programs targeting trunk endurance and neuromuscular control, rather than hip strength should be implemented to prevent injuries in novice runners.