Originally Posted by skitlets
Sitting at work, sitting at home, and sitting in class definitely don't help.
Yeah, I have the same problem. Years of sitting for 12 hours a day add up to tight hip flexors. Combine this with a bit of anterior pelvic tilt in my posture, and it's a recipe for straining the hips squatting.
I don't completely agree with the article linked above. At least with my case of tight hips, the hamstrings were not
getting adequate involvement, and hip flexors were taking more than their fair share of the load. A further problem is that it's very tough to keep lumbar extention at the bottom of your squat with tight hips- this is going to cause your knees to slide forward at the bottom and youre not going to be correctly bouncing off your hams. Knees sliding forward on the second half of a squat descent = hip strain.
Once you have a case of tendonitis in this area, it is a bitch to deal with. The only thing that's going to help is time. You can continue squatting, but your form will have to be perfect to avoid aggrivating it.
Static hip flexors stretches (samson stretch) DO
help, I dont know what the hell that article is talking about. Combined with some dynamic mobility, It's the only way you're going to loosen your hips up. Do them multiple times a day an you will start seeing a difference.
On your squat, just be very careful not to let your knees come forward too much, and keep your lower back tight.
Foam rolling works wonders for easing some discomfort too...