Today we’ll talk about a structure in our body of which we have unfortunately been hearing too much of recently; we are talking about the hip’s labrum.
The acetabular labrum is a ring cartilage that surrounds the acetabulum of the hip preventing it from popping off the joint. So, the hip’s labrum works as a powerful stabilizer of the hip. Moreover, it has many receptive proprioceptive (which are responsible for capturing the movement’s sensations).
In other words, hip’s labrum has a similar shape as the knee’s meniscus and, just like it, is very sensitive to injuries. The cause of injuries in the hip’s labrum can be the individual’s specific constitution (hypermobility), strong traumatisms or normal movements taken to the limit. And there is where synchronized swimming comes in. In our beloved sport, it’s frequent to perform repetitive movements in very wide extension and at great speed (such as in splits). In these situations, this cartilage can get trapped inside the acetabular cavity and the femur’s head, causing it to break or detach.
To decrease the risk of suffering from these pathologies as much as possible it’s important to do preventive exercises. These exercises will focus on a global strengthening of the muscles (CORE) and help the joint stabilization. Moreover, it’s required to begin the activity progressively, warming up to give the muscles and tissues warmth and elasticity, and stretching at the end to slowly get back to normal (slowly and progressively). Furthermore, we advise you to regularly visit your physiotherapist: the treatment of the deep structures (such as the hip’s labrum) with deep massages, mobilizations and especially high frequency electrotherapy (tipo INDIBA), which will help you the elasticity and oxygenation of the area.
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