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Old 02-18-2009, 08:51 AM   #11 (permalink)
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I'm not sure if I'm reading this incorrectly. But I've taken some abuse on the mountain and never pulled a hip like that. I've twisted knees, bruised ribs/wrists/tailbones. I've broken skin and bone.

How are you falling so that you are pulling your hip out?
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Old 02-18-2009, 09:30 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Man you've had some pretty bad injuries! Hope everything's OK now.

I haven't heard of hip pulls before i got mine. The board probably over rotates my lower body while my upper body is still , pulling the hip. the weird thing is it's only my right hip that gets pulled.

Anyhow I'm taking a couple of weeks off and working them out and stretching, so hopefully it doesn't happen again. And I got those impact pants last night - We'll see how that works out!

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Old 02-18-2009, 10:27 AM   #13 (permalink)
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static stretching has been shown to NOT help prevent muscle pull injuries, doing it while your muscles are still cold is actually WORSE because you begin ripping some of the muscle fibers due to their tense state. Warm up with a couple of easy laps down terrain you are comfortable with and leave the stretching for afterwards if you are trying to increase flexibility.
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Old 02-18-2009, 12:02 PM   #14 (permalink)
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static stretching has been shown to NOT help prevent muscle pull injuries, doing it while your muscles are still cold is actually WORSE because you begin ripping some of the muscle fibers due to their tense state. Warm up with a couple of easy laps down terrain you are comfortable with and leave the stretching for afterwards if you are trying to increase flexibility.
He is correct. Dynamic stretch before any activity helps improve performance and prevent injury. Dynamic stretching is really anything that has muscles moving through range of movement. Examples are jumping jacks, squats, jumps, lunges, arm rotations, trunk rotations, etc. These quick, controlled movements ease your muscles into load-bearing contractions and tell the brain to pump more blood and oxygen down there for whatever is about to come.

There is a lot of research suggesting static stretches stimulate a nervous response in the brain that tells muscles to relax and elongate. This is precisely why flexibility gains can be achieved through routine, static stretches. The issue here is that muscles being told to relax before working hard can lead to strength imbalances- the root of tears, sprains, strains or worse.

Static stretching after the activity will help the muscles relax. The warm feeling you experience while holding a stretch is the blood rushing into the fibers bringing oxygen and other nutrients to help repair them. Being proactive about fitness boosts your performance and your enjoyment.
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Old 02-18-2009, 03:49 PM   #15 (permalink)
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I gather you were going from heel side to toe side, so the problem probably was you didn't shift you weight on to the toe edge quickly enough and caught the heel edge. The answer is a more substantial pivot of the left hip forward to get the weight on to the toe-side edge and also push down on the ball and toes of the right (trailing) foot. Or you may also have allowed your weight to move too far back on the board, allowing the board to shoot out in front of you. You must keep you weight over the board. If you get it too far back (it's a natural tendency and hard to resist) you lose all control and you will crash and probably twist that hip.
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I gather you were going from heel side to toe side, so the problem probably was you didn't shift you weight on to the toe edge quickly enough and caught the heel edge. The answer is a more substantial pivot of the left hip forward to get the weight on to the toe-side edge and also push down on the ball and toes of the right (trailing) foot. Or you may also have allowed your weight to move too far back on the board, allowing the board to shoot out in front of you. You must keep you weight over the board. If you get it too far back (it's a natural tendency and hard to resist) you lose all control and you will crash and probably twist that hip.
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oldmike,

excellent advice and analysis! I bet I shifted my weight back and slipped as I'm always fighting that tendency
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