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The role of the pelvis in sport

The pelvis must be able to absorb and transmit forces efficiently for optimal function of the spine and lower limbs in a wide variety of daily activities as well as exercise & sporting performance. It is important to consider the complex interaction of the various joints, ligaments, muscles and nerves of lumbo-pelvic & hip region when actively engaging in sports activities. Common sporting injuries that may be caused by a SIJ imbalance:
  • low back injuries
  • hip & groin injuries
  • ITB (iliotibial band) related problems
  • hamstring strains
  • anterior knee pain
  • ankle & foot injuries
Lumbo-pelvic dysfunction occurs as a result of altered joint biomechanics at either the pubic symphysis or sacro-iliac joint (SIJ), lumbo-pelvic and hip muscle imbalances or altered recruitment of lumbo-pelvic core stability muscles. Altered joint mechanics leads to abnormal muscle activation with poor timing and inappropriate patterns of muscle activation. This in turn may lead to altered translational joint forces at the SIJ and pubic symphysis and may lead directly to injury of these joints but often results in subsequent injuries to the hip, groin, knee and foot. The treatment philosophy at Spinal Synergy Physiotherapy identifies and recognizes the synergy between the lumbo-pelvic & hip region to the function of the lower extremities and on the function of other parts of the body. This approach addresses the entire body kinetic chain and appreciates the complex interaction of different parts of the body which influence one another.

The role of the pelvis in sport

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