by John Danchik, DC, CCSP, FICC
The competitive and the recreational athlete can each be affected by injuries to the muscles and ligaments around the hip. These injuries can significantly interfere with sports enjoyment and performance levels, and they occasionally will end participation completely. Poor shock absorption and excessive pronation have been found to be underlying causes or contributing factors for many leg/hip injuries. (1) Orthotics, which have been custom made to improve the biomechanics of the feet and reduce the extent of pronation, can help to prevent many sport-related leg injuries.