I had the opportunity to study some hip anatomy with the wonderful Tiffany Cruikshank of Yoga Medicine at Yoga Journal Live! in San Diego. Tiffany is not only a fountain of anatomical knowledge, but she’s an outstanding communicator too- even though the entire workshop was only about 8hrs long, I came away with a far better understanding of the function and disfunction of the hip joint and the surrounding muscles. Imbalances in the hip area are one of the most common problems in the athletic population (quad dominance anyone?), so having this info filed away has been incredibly helpful for me as a teacher.
Even though everyone complains about their tight hips and terrible flexibility, athletes actually really benefit from having some tension in and around their hip joints. I wrote a little article about this, and some of the other misconceptions about the hip joint in the athletic population for Yoga Journal. You can read the full article here– let me know what you think!