Hip mobility is important for many athletes so its important to have not only have strength but flexibility as well. To increase your movement in the hips we used a pose called lizard pose and we see this a lot in Yoga.
Opening up the hips take a lot pressure off the hip flexors and off the lower back. Most lower back pain actually occurs as a result of improper movements that originate from a lack of hip movements. For example, if you do not have good strength and movement into the hips you will being to bend from the spine. Imagine lifting a heavy box. When you lift from your spine you are weak but when you lift from the hip and keep your spine tense, you are strong! As a result, having the hip mobility is critical.
Finally, we added a hip core workout called spidermans or alligator walks. This is a cross crawl type of movement that forces you to have a lot of hip movement, core strengthen and it really gets your heart rate up! In addition, you can add a push up to help increase your upper body strength! Again, all this together promotes hip strength, mobility, and braces your core to help prevent back pain.