Hopping Drills In The Frontal Plane

Hopping is an exercise that I will commonly prescribe towards the end of ones rehabilitation program as it requires the individual to generate power and requires good lower limb strength, stability and control.  Hopping can be performed in many ways and is typically performed anterior/posterior, side to side or with rotation.  Hopping can be performed from the same leg to another i.e. left to left or right to right or can be performed from one leg to the other leg i.e. left to right and right to left.  Hopping can focus on hopping height as well as hopping distance.  In the image below you will see osteopath Heath Williams demonstrating a hop from left to right.  When it comes to hopping it is important that we look to educate the individual on good loading and landing mechanics.  Common injuries that are being rehabilitated that will often benefit from some form of hopping in the return to activity pathway will include ankle sprains, knee injuries and hip injuries.

This blog post was written by osteopath Heath Williams of Principle Four Osteopathy.  Heath has a particular interest in exercise rehabilitation and strength and conditioning.  He has completed ASCA Level 2 Strength and Conditioning Course, Powerlifting Association Level 1 Coaching Course, FMS and many more.  For all of your injury treatment and management needs, touch base with us at www.principlefourosteopathy.com.  Principle Four Osteopathy are one of Melbourne City CBD and Docklands leading osteopathy clinics.