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FAI Rehab Protocol Part 4 - Hip Strength Exercises

FAI Rehab Protocol Part 4 - Hip Strength Exercises - themanualtherapist.com

Exercise Rehab Protocol
Femoroacetabular Impingement Syndrome (FAI)

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Hip-abductor weakness is often present in patients with FAIS.

3 primary hip abductors include:
  • Gluteus maximus, minimus, and medius.
  • The tensor fascia-lata functions as an abductor, but has strong internal-rotation capabilities.
  • More internal rotation tends to increase the symptoms of FAIS.
Restoring gluteal strength can start with floor exercises, such as:
  • Side-lying hip abduction.
  • Clamshells.
  • Bridging variations.
Progress to standing and dynamic exercises that increase both strength and motor control, i.e.
  • Side stepping with a resistance band positioned at the feet.
Progress to unilateral tasks, such as:
  • Step-downs in multiple planes.
Clinicians should monitor pelvic control during the advance to dynamic activities.

Variations, help the patient achieve strength and motor control, such as:
  • Reverse lunges with front tap.
  • Ipsilateral Romanian deadlift with a dowel rod.
  • Lateral step-down with heel hovers.
Complete 3 sets of 10 repetitions, 3 to 4 days per week.
Medicine balls, kettlebells, or dumbbells can be added to promote hip strength and motor control.


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Dalton Urrutia, MSc PT

Dalton is a Physical Therapist from Oregon, currently living and running the performance physiotherapy clinic he founded in London for Grapplers and Strength & Conditioning athletes. Dalton runs the popular instagram account @physicaltherapyresearch, where he posts easy summaries of current and relevant research on health, fitness, and rehab topics. 
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