Mills Examines Link Between Hip Flexor Tightness and Hip Extensor Activation

Matt Mills, MA, ATC, PES, one of the Stanford Athletic Training Fellows, had his Master’s thesis research published today in the Supplement to the Journal of Athletic Training.  The research, entitled Effect of Limited Hip Flexor Length on Gluteal Activation During an Overhead Squat in Female Soccer Players, found that female soccer players with a positive Modified Thomas Test had around 50% of the gluteal activation during an overhead squat compared to control counterparts. This research could provide a link to hip flexor flexibility and hamstring injury, as researchers also found almost a 50% increase in hamstring activation during the same task.

For more information and the abstract in full, please visit page 83 on:

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