A healthy hip is very important for efficient movement, since most of the power athletes display is generated at the hip. Jumping, sprinting or deadlifting: without a strong hip you won’t excel at these activities. If we look at posture the hip is just as important, since many times wrong posture can be traced back to adaptations at the hip. It is therefore only logical to start looking for postural problems at the hip, because many other postural issues will improve automatically, as soon as you “fix” the hip.
In part 1 of this series we looked at the passive structures in human anatomy that are relevant to the knee joint (Anatomy of the knee – part 1: passive structures). In this post we will investigate the active stabilizing structures surrounding the knee. On the front of your body this would be the quadriceps and on the back it’s the hamstrings, gastrocnemius, as well as the popliteus. Let’s get acquainted with the quads first.