Importance of Hip Extensor Strengthening

ALTHOUGH HIP EXTENSOR strength in the elderly has been identified as a primary predictor of walking ability, physical performance, and balance, assessment of the hip extensor strength is commonly overlooked. This oversight can be attributed to 2 reasons. The function of the hip extensors during walking is subtle, and the prone position required for conventional manual muscle testing of the hip extensors often is a major inconvenience.

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