Another Reason Goalies Get Hip Impingement
Before you read any further you have to promise me one thing.
Promise me that you will not freak right out.
Okay, we can proceed.
We are going to talk about femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) and just the mention of it gets most goalies more than a little twitchy. You are twitchy for a good reason. It is not a good thing for a goalie. It is like a baseball pitcher with shoulder impingement, not great news, but it also does not mean surgery or the end of a career.
It just means you need to get things investigated.
Is that block or pain in your hip due to bony anatomy, connective tissue restriction, movement mechanics on the ice or even something you are doing for training off the ice?
You really won’t know which until you get someone with good manual assessment skills to get in there and move your joint around, see how it moves, see how the joints above and below move.
A good sport physiotherapist will have this skill set. Then you and the physio start peeling the onion layer by layer to see what is going on.
I am sharing this video about acetabular retroversion with you today because it is fun to say “acetabular retroversion” and because I want you to understand that not everyone comes with the same hip structure.
That’s why you don’t all have a nice wide butterfly flare (even when you do extra mobility training), it is why you can’t all do the splits (even though you’re determined to get there).
It is just one of those things. Here’s what it means:
So please watch the video to learn a little more about your most important joint as a goalie. Then, don’t freak out and think that because you can’t do the splits and you don’t have a wide butterfly flare that you automatically have a retroverted acetabulum.
If you are really worried about it, then go get it checked out, see what you are dealing with and then make a plan.
Hockey strength and conditioning coach Maria Mountain, MSc specializes in off-ice training for hockey goalies. As the founder of www.GoalieTrainingPro.com and the owner of Revolution Sport Conditioning in London, Ontario, Maria has trained Olympic Gold medalists, a Stanley Cup Champ and athletes from MLB, NHL, AHL, CHL, CIS and more.
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