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Normative values of eccentric hip abduction strength in novice runners: an equation adjusting for age and gender

Authors:  Ramskov D, Pedersen MB, Kastrup K, Lonbro S, Jacobsen JS, Thorborg K, Nielsen RO, Rasmussen S

Low eccentric strength of the hip abductors may increase the risk of patellofemoral pain syndrome and iliotibial band syndrome in runners. No normative values for maximal eccentric hip abduction strength have been established. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to establish normative values for maximal eccentric hip abduction strength in novice runners.  A significant difference in maximal eccentric hip abduction strength was found between males and females.  In addition, age was associated with maximal eccentric hip abduction strength. Normative values for maximal eccentric hip abduction strength in novice runners can be calculated by taking into account the differences in strength across genders and the decline in strength that occurs with increasing age. Age and gender were associated with maximal eccentric hip abduction strength in novice runners, and these variables should be taken into account when evaluating eccentric hip abduction strength in this group of athletes.

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