Coaching the Hip Hinge

Hip HingeThe ability to control the lumbo-pelvic region and perform a proper hip hinge is fundamental to many strength training exercises such as the RDL, Clean, Snatch, Deadlift and Bent-Over Row.  It’s probably one of the more difficult things to coach when an athlete has poor control over his pelvis, but teaching this movement can help football players in many ways.

Football players need to be able to control the anterior pelvic motion that creates an arch in their lower back.  Whether the athlete is squatting or getting into a football stance, an inability to control this can lead to long-term low-back problems and sport performance will never be maximized.  While many athletes have decent control over this area, most can still use practice and coaching cues to ensure proper positioning.  Others will have little control, and will need much more practice.

Check out the video below to see Jim Kielbaso discuss the hip hinge along with several coaching tips.

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