☢The dreaded Osteitis Pubis☢
Osteitis Pubis (OP) has been a persistent issue for many athletes for a long time. It's essentially a bony overload at the front of the pelvis at the pubic area and often looked at as a groin complaint.
It's a tricky beast because if left untreated it can severely limit the output of many athletes.
The MOST important aspect of OP to consider is not necessarily where the pain is - which is often around the pubic/abdominal area or in the groin, but where the STIFFNESS is.
And in most cases you would expect those with OP to have stiff hips.
Not necessarily hip muscle tightness on it's own, but genuine hip joint stiffness.
It's often tough to find because you need to go hunting.
Through our exposure to the modern world of sitting it's easy for even the most active of us to accrue stiff hips.
If you sit down and watch the new Avengers movie for 2.5 hrs, it's not like your hips will be looser for that experience.
As the joint becomes more restricted, the tissues around it become vulnerable to overloading with dynamic activity.
So if you, or someone you know suffers from OP, definitely work your way through all the core and glute strength work, but make sure you pay close attention to the hip stiffness that won't immediately stand out.
By freeing these up with a hip joint capsule stretch or two, you should be able to get to the bottom of the issue in the first place. - Grant