Mastering Movement of the Hip and Pelvis

Friday, 14 June 2024 09:00 - 17:00 (GMT)

British College of Osteopathic Medicine
6 Netherhall Gardens


Do you have a clear understanding of when, why and how to assess and address muscle dysfunction around the hip and pelvis, in order to optimise and expedite patient outcomes

Do you find yourself prescribing the same exercises for every hip & groin pain patient, regardless of their presentation?

Do your patients perform the same program for weeks or months without progressions or an understanding of what they are attempting to achieve and why?

Would you like to have a deeper understanding of muscle function and dysfunction allowing you to optimise outcomes from therapeutic exercise around the hip?

Movement patterning and muscle function around the hip and pelvis are key considerations for any lumbo-pelvic or lower limb problem and may even impact on upper limb function.

Assessment and retraining in this region require a specific and targeted approach that should consider the multifaceted requirements for optimal function and the limitations of an individual’s musculoskeletal system.

With respect to current practices around muscle testing and exercise prescription, often strength is the only consideration. While this is an important consideration, normal results on strength testing may be returned from a muscle synergy within which significant dysfunction exists. If weakness is not the primary deficit, generic strengthening may worsen rather than improve the situation by reinforcing poor recruitment strategies or imbalance in the contribution of muscles within a movement synergy e.g. TFL within the abductor synergy.

In exercise literature, often maximal EMG is the sole indicator used for exercise selection. EMG levels are not reflective of force generation and high levels of EMG may simply reflect active insufficiency where the muscle is not at an optimal range to generate force efficiently. This premise also assumes that maximal recruitment is optimal for muscle retraining and musculoskeletal health. While higher EMG levels may be required for enhancing strength or more particularly for hypertrophy, other factors should be considered.

Choosing an exercise with highest %MVC may not be in the best interests of achieving optimal or pain free function, where;

  • there is a disadvantageous length-tension relationship,
  • whilst encouraging poor recruitment patterning and efficiency
  • with high load imposed on underlying joints or soft tissues.

This course aims to:

  • Enhance clinical reasoning and skills for development of therapeutic exercise for the hip and pelvis
  • Challenge participants to re-examine their own clinical practised in the light of the presented evidence base
  • Stimulate new thought and provide direction for those who may be interested in contributing to the research base that is shaping contemporary clinical practice in this field.

Learning objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Perform a multifaceted assessment of muscle function for each group of synergists around the hip - hip flexors, abductors, extensors, external rotators and adductors, using standardised, objective measures

  • Determine the most appropriate exercise approach to target specific impairments in:

    • Muscle size and strength
    • Muscle endurance - global and regional
    • Power, rater of force development, plyometric ability, agility
    • Neuromotor function - kinematic and muscle recruitment patterns
  • Progress an exercise program in an appropriate and timely manner, using key markers for exercise effect and tolerance.

Online Learning Component (4-5 hours):

The substantial theoretical component of this course is presented in an online learning format for your flexibility and optimal learning experience.

  • 4 1/2 hours of Powerpoint lectures with printable notes
  • Learn anywhere, at your own pace, in your own time
  • Rewind and revise as many times as you like
  • Online forum and discussion
  • Self-assessment quiz
  • Three months of unlimited access to video content

The content of this online component covers:

  • Detailed review of functional anatomy of hip and pelvic musculature
  • Changes in muscle function associated with joint pathology and unloading
  • Implications for prescription of therapeutic exercise

Practical Workshop (1 Day):

The on-day practical workshop will provide opportunity to develop skills in:

  • Assessment of the different aspects of muscle function for each group of synergists around the hip - hip flexors, abductors, extensors, external rotators and adductors using standardised, objective measures

  • Development of a therapeutic exercise program that addresses specific dysfunction with a muscle synergy while considering

    • Optimal efficiency and load-sharing within a muscle synergy and across the kinetic chain
    • Impact on health of musculoskeletal tissues such as the underlying joint, local tendons and transiting nerves
    • Specific needs of the individual
    • Individual morphology or pathology
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Dr Alison Grimaldi PhD, MPhty(Sports), BPhty

Alison completed a Bachelor of Physiotherapy at the University of Queensland in 1990, a Masters of Sports Physiotherapy in 1997, and her Doctorate in Philosophy in the Field of Physiotherapy (PhD) in 2008. Her PhD studies were concerned with improving our understanding of hip muscle function and the relationship with hip joint pathology and weightbearing stimulus. These studies involved research collaboration with the European Space Agency.

Alison continues to be passionate about extending our understanding of why we develop problems around the hip and pelvis, and what we can do to most effectively prevent and manage these problems. She is currently involved with research studies through the University of Queensland and University of Melbourne, co-supervises a number of PhD students, and has pioneered the use of Real Time Ultrasound technology for the assessment and retraining of muscle function around the hip & pelvis. Due to her voluntary contributions to research at the University of Queensland, Alison has been awarded the title Adjunct Research Fellow in the School of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences.

It is one of Alison’s core beliefs that research should be relevant to clinical practice and helping the patients we treat every day, and that physiotherapists in the community should have access to this valuable information to allow them to transfer this knowledge into clinical practice as quickly as possible. To this end, Alison continues to publish, present and provide practical workshops for other health professionals. Alison has published a number of papers in scientific journals, has contributed detailed information freely accessible via podcasts by PhysioEdge (itunes) and the British Journal of Sports Medicine (SoundCloud), and has recently contributed to 3 leading physiotherapy and sports medicine text books.

Alison’s publications: Link to publications

Alison continues a clinical load, working with patients with complex hip and lumbopelvic conditions, and across a broad spectrum of sports, including elite level triathlon, running, dance, cricket, athletics & swimming. She also spends a considerable amount of time mentoring her excellent staff, ensuring they are up-to-date and able to provide a high level of clinical expertise for management of musculoskeletal problems.

Further information about Alison and her courses can be found at:

Follow Alison on Twitter: @alisongrimaldi

The course venue

British College of Osteopathic Medicine

6 Netherhall Gardens


How to get there


The British College of Osteopathic Medicine is 3 min walking from the Finchley Road Tube Station . Finchley Road Tube station can be reached on the Jubilee line between West Hampstead and Swiss Cottage stations and on the Metropolitan line between Wembley Park and Baker Street stations. It is in Travelcard zone 2.

The college is also a five-minute walk from the Finchley Road & Frognal station on the London Overground's North London line.


The college is on London Buses routes 13, 113, 187, 268, C11 (going to Finchley Road Tube station).


The College does not have any parking spaces, but there is public road parking which is managed by Camden Council in front of the building.

Please look at Parkopedia for other parking options.