Left Hip Troubles

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Left Hip Troubles

Postby Crippled cricket » Jan 17, 2006 12:03

I have been studying Tae Kwon do for about 4 years now and am going for my black belt soon. However, I am having difficulties with keeping a clean technique with turning kicks. i.e dropping my knees. I know this is a flexibility issue and so have been working on side splits and concentrating on my hip flexors. I used to get a dull ache on the outside of my left hip after kicking but this has got sharper for the past few months. Also, with holding my leg out in a right side piercing I get a stabbing pain in the hip when I try to support myself on the left leg. Hope that makes sense and would appreciate any feedback. Is this just overtraining (I go 6 times a week), or something more sinister (like arthritus). I`m only 24 ....gulp
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Postby dragon » Jan 17, 2006 12:08

Hi,
It could be that you aren't aligning your hips properly or it could be a strength issue.
Arthritis is also a possibility.I've also recently started getting the same sensation in my right hip so you aren't alone.

The best thing is to get it checked out before you adjust your training,

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Postby Crippled cricket » Jan 17, 2006 12:11

Thank you for that. I`ve been putting off seeing a doctor about it but will get on it
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Postby Crippled cricket » Jan 17, 2006 12:25

Dragon, can I ask what your current state of flexibility is i.e can you do front/box splits and how often you train a week?
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Postby dragon » Jan 18, 2006 07:11

I can perform front/box splits although i'm finding full box splits is starting to trouble me more due to hip pain(crazy training methods when i was younger and used to watch too many martial arts films!).

My current routine:-

Monday.
A.M-Cardio(skipping,running using either fartlek or tabata)
P.M-Martial arts training(technique,sparring,ab work,etc) followed by a short kettlebell circuit(one arm snatches,one arm cleans,2 arm swings).Finish off with isometric stretches/cool down.

Tuesday.
REST.

Wednesday.
A.M-Cardio(as Monday).
P.M-Strength workout-Weighted chin ups,bench press,squats,stiff leg deadlifts,ab work(all done high weight,low reps/sets).Finish off with isometrics and relaxed stretches./cool down.

Thursday.
REST.

Friday.
A.M-Cardio(as Monday)
P.M-Martial arts training(as Monday).

I'm currently training for more cardio.If i wasn't i'd probably do less cardio and more weight training instead.Depends what i think i need work on.

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Postby Crippled cricket » Jan 18, 2006 07:57

Again thank you for the reply, definately think I`m overtraining
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Postby dragon » Jan 18, 2006 08:04

You could post your current routine for people to give you advice.
My current program may not be the best in the world but it works for me.

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Postby Crippled cricket » Jan 18, 2006 08:19

Right here go`s..

Monday

one and a half hours training (dynamic/static/static active stretching, sparring, pad work)

Every other week followed by an hours Sparring session

Tuesday

Two hours training (again all the stretching, pad drills, patterns)

Wednesday

One hour of Kick drills

Thursday

One and a half hours of training similar to Mondays.

Friday

Two hours training similar to Tuesdays but incorporating some light sparring

Saturday

A.M One hour of Aerobic/streching (static), One hour of Patters with some breaking.

P.M More Static/Static Active/Dynamic stretching plus more kick Drills and Sparring

Sunday

Some Weight training for upper body (chest,arms, shoulders) some relaxed streching
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Postby dragon » Jan 18, 2006 08:31

You definatley need a few rest days somewhere.
I'd also add more conditioning(resistance training) too.
Whilst you may love the martial arts training,your technique,speed,stength,power,etc are only going to progress so far if your body hasn't got the conditioning to keep up.
I'd replace the Tuesday and Friday sessions with weight training,Wednesday-off,Saturday and Sunday-off.
If you are happy with your technique/levels of flexibility when kicking,you "could" use the Wednesday kick drill training as an endurance workout.
The only danger is that you could learn bad habits if kicking when fatigued(the main one i see in trainees is dropping their guard).

Also,i don't know if you wrote the exercises in any order,but only perform static active/passive stretches at the end of your workout,not before pad work and sparring(if possible).


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Postby Crippled cricket » Jan 18, 2006 08:52

What exactly is mean`t be resistance training. I would appreciate some examples... We do quite a lot of aerobic stuff in class but need to fit some jogging in there somewhere. I`m completely useless with any morning routine as I never stick to it (not a morning person) but would that extra bit of stretching help with my flexibility. Not to fussed with high kicking when cold but reached a plateau with my box splits.
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Postby dragon » Jan 19, 2006 06:46

I personally,don't perform the morning stretches.
Resistance training:-Performing any exercise that provides resistance such as weight training,body weight exercises,etc.

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Hope not too late

Postby gpremo » Mar 09, 2007 16:32

If you are still having the pain in you hip (hips?), check out seeing an Athletic Trainer, Orthopedist, or a Physiatrist. It sounds like you may have a bit of Greater Trochanteric Bursitis going on in there. No diagnosing over the internet, just trying to match problem to signs and symptoms.
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