Strong hips and core can help runner’s knee

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Runner's knee (patellofemoral pain) is up there with the most common running injuries, and we all know too well that nothing stings quite like having to cut back on running due to pain. Luckily, runner's knee pain can be reduced by boosting hip and core strength, according to a new study.

The study, which took place at the Federal University of São Carlos, Brazil, saw 31 athletes were split into two groups: the first given functional stabilisation exercises for the hips and core while the second focused on stretching and quad strengthening. After eight weeks, the first group were found to have upped their glute strength and stabilised their form when in forward motion.

The researchers have suggested that this increase in hip and core strength could be beneficial to those with runner's knee, helping to reduce pain. Why not give it a go with these Pilates moves for a stronger core, these hip strengtheners or Olympian Jo Pavey's form workout?