Considering the anatomical differences between male and female athletes, the lack of data and – in consequence – specific guidelines, puts women in disadvantage and may lead to suboptimal training, rehab and prehab plans. This is particularly important in the pelvis and hip area, which are very different in men and women.
In male and female athletes participating in sports, pain and dysfunction in the hip and pelvis area are common. Due to similar forces going through hip joint while doing sports, male athletes are more likely to have symptoms related to groin, while female athletes are more likely to suffer from hip and hip-related pain, increasing their risk of early osteoarthritis.
At King’s we decided to start addressing this issue and started looking into a simple hip strength measurements in female athletes with two MSc projects. Firstly, we measured strength in healthy female athletes, and looked at various factors that may affect the strength. Secondly, we compared these results to a small sample of female athletes with hip pain to see whether the strength, and in what muscles, is in fact affected by pain.