May 4, 2023

The runners crowd at the line, elbowing for starting position and then head down the road for a long race. Some might finish. Others might struggle, arriving at the medical tent with a grimaced face, wondering why their leg hurts.

One culprit might be IT band syndrome. This injury usually comes from overuse, such as when running a long race. In a recent review, hip strength and range of motion were studied. Specifically, lower hip strength and smaller hip range of motion were linked to IT band syndrome in female runners. The study identifies possible risk factors for developing IT band syndrome, which might help runners understand why they have leg pain.

Learn more in the journal Gait & Posture.

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