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  1. Tony Ricci
    April 13, 2009 - 7:49 pm

    Fascinating look into the hip–just when I thought I knew it all…

  2. Eric Beard
    April 13, 2009 - 8:27 pm

    Nice work EC,

    Sahrmann was ahead of her time in the 70′s when she started teaching her work and is right on it today. Great text to reference! I see the “knee” squatting that you demonstrated in your “incorrect/hamstring” video in plenty of people. The adductor magnus seems to become dominant here as well. The sacroilliac joint really takes a beating due to the pull from the magnus on the sacrotuberus ligament and the insertion from the biceps femoris tendon.

  3. JLak
    April 14, 2009 - 3:15 am

    It makes sense, but I have a problem with this. Every time I stand tall when squatting, I feel the menisci pop and crunch under the patella, so I’ve been keeping pretty shallow on the way up. Yeah, yeah, VMO activation etc… but what if arthritis has already stiffened the joint?

  4. Bob Parr
    April 14, 2009 - 7:05 am

    Thanks for explaining anterior Femoral Anterior Glide Syndrome so well. You don’t mention leg curls, but I figure this is what makes leg curls a poor exercise choice – they teach you to preferentially recruit the hamstrings more than the glutes. Too much isolation seems to be one of the causes of faulty motor patterns.

  5. Robbie
    April 14, 2009 - 12:25 pm

    Great info EC!

  6. Nykes
    April 15, 2009 - 9:50 pm

    I must be the poster child for you Eric! I constantly fight lower back pain, likely due to some sort of poor movement pattern (injured while doing deadlifts and/or heavy squats). And now I have the anterior hip pain as you described here. I will try stopping the hip stretching – which of course i have been doing, and pull out my Magnificent Mobility info again. Thanks and keep it up!

  7. Jeff Cavaliere
    May 7, 2009 - 8:47 pm

    Eric…thank you for discussing this issue in print. I can’t tell you how often I see someone complain about a perceived “tight” feeling and the automatic advice by the practitioner is to stretch. As you show in this example, stretching is not always the treatment of choice. Yes, it requires more work on our part as health care providers, but it is our responsibility to dig deeper to uncover the TRUE cause before recommending the proper treatment. Keep up the good work.

    Former Head Physical Therapist NY Mets – Jeff Cavaliere

  8. Ron
    May 18, 2013 - 8:17 am

    Hi Eric. Interesting article. What is your opinion if one with femoral anterior glide were to activate the glutes while stretching their hip flexors? Does it make any difference whether or not the patient with femoral anterior glide has medial or lateral rotation of the hip? What I am getting at is an attempt to stretch the TFL (for ones with medial rotation) but at the same time not allowing too much migration of the proximal portion of the femur to glide into the anterior hip capsule. When people refer to the fact of not stretching their hip flexors while with femoral anterior glide, do they mean all the hip flexors or certain ones? Doesn’t it depend on the angle of the stretch and position you put your hips and leg in? Seeing as though certain hip flexors have separate responsibilities. Ie, internal or external rotation, ABduction or ADDuction etc. Sorry if that was overkill. Just trying to get an experts opinion. Thanks Eric.

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