What can you do now, to take action and create a baseline for hip stability on a single leg?
Here are three suggestions:
1. Assess your ability to stand on a single leg and balance WITH YOUR EYES CLOSED. Our target goal time for you is 60-seconds. No cheating or toe-tapping! 🙂
Can you stand on a single leg with your eyes closed for 60-seconds? If so, GREAT! If not, you need some practice.
Check out the instructional video at the bottom of this page – for a bit more information on this (often overlooked but) important skill!
2. Video yourself doing a simple one-leg squat. While this movement obviously isn’t nearly as dynamic as running, it will still give you a basic sense of your stability on a single leg.
To be graded well on this movement, you’ll need to be able to easily maintain alignment as you simultaneously squat down at the hip, knee, and ankle. To learn more, do it more quickly and include an “in-place” squat jump as part of the assessment.
For a review of the Basic 1-Leg Squat, see the instructional video below.
3. Get in touch and go through a Virtual Gait Analysis. Make it easier on yourself and get more information, as this is the easiest and best way to get a complete picture of what’s happening when you are running, inside-out! Follow the link to read more and learn more.