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Inner Thigh Strength - Affect on Stride Length?

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Jun 2012
1:55pm, 18 Jun 2012
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This could be a random question, but does the strength of the muscle in your inner thighs affect your stride length? I ask because whenever I go for a sports massage, the bit that has me crying in pain is when she has a go at my inner thighs. I assume because they're weak. I did an exercise DVD one day last week that involved rather a lot of squats, and as a result, my inner thighs were sore for days and I was shuffling around because it was too sore to stride properly.

So to the point, when I run a long way (for me) I get slower and slower and my stride gets shorter and shorter. I wonder now if that's because my inner thighs are weak and get tired before the rest of me. If I concentrate on strengthening my inner thigh, will that help? Or am I just talking b*ll*cks?
Jun 2012
2:05pm, 18 Jun 2012
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Always worth core strength work on legs to, will help for sure but not total root of the problem.
Jun 2012
3:14pm, 18 Jun 2012
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Am sure leg strength work would be useful anyway but the pain could just be trigger points in the inner thigh muscles rather than a strength deficiency.

Trigger points can be caused by use/posture issues, I sometimes get trigger points in the gracilis and sartorius muscles (see tnation.t-nation.com ), forgotten which, but one can be caused by sitting with crossed legs or ankles. I really like this book amazon.co.uk which tells you about the trigger points and how to massage them yourself to relieve the problem.

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