147 Total Hip Replacement Resistance Training Exercises

Hip Abduction & Adduction

Starting Position: Start in center stance position in an upright posture. Arms may gently scull at the sides to aid balance.

Action: Lift one leg out to the side, leading with the outside of the foot. Move from zero degrees out to 35-45 degrees, then lower the leg and return to starting position.

Exercise Benefits:
  • This movement strengthens the hip abductors and adductors and is recommended for THR.
  • Balance will be improved because this exercise is performed while standing on one leg. If an individual feels unstable they should move to shallower water for better balance.
Muscles Involved: Hip abductors and hip adductors.

Form Cues:
  • Keep the toes pointed forward while lifting the working leg out to the side.
  • Maintain "soft knees" for both the supporting and moving leg.
  • Squeeze the gluts to avoid the common performance error of external rotation at the hip.

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To emphasize strengthening of the hip adductors add use of buoyancy equipment attached just above the knee, or for greater intensity positioned just above the ankle.

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Hip Abduction & Adduction using Buoyant Equipment.
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