“No matter what we do, as complex as we try and make workouts and training methods, we lose sight of other things,” said Mackie Shilstone, a trainer based in New Orleans, who works with baseball, football and hockey players who are rehabilitating injuries. “We tend to concentrate on what is directly in front of us.
“In all my years as a trainer, I have not seen anything like the increase in hip injuries that I have seen over the past two years.”
No studies have been published to confirm this phenomenon. But many trainers and orthopedists say the anecdotal evidence is jarring, and medical staffs for Major League Baseball teams and franchises in other sports are scrambling to understand why athletes’ hips suddenly seem so fragile.
Experts said other factors could be at work in addition to the overemphasis on leg strength. Advances in magnetic imaging have enabled doctors to see inside the hip and identify certain ailments, and the increasing number of children playing sports at younger ages has led to more instances of improper bone development.
My own experiences mirror those discussed in the article. Decades ago we figured out that it was a young athletes pitch count that led to significant and potentially disabling elbow and shoulder injuries. A pitch count was instituted (which some parents still ignore) and the incidence of injuries dropped significantly. Will research currently underway prove that the hip is equally as susceptible to overuse in developing skeleton? Don’t know…