Dr.Squat, Weibin He, is the first Chinese world powerlifting champion. Many Chinese powerlifting athletes and big fans call him Dr. Squat because of his excellent squat techniques and theoretical knowledge. Of course other than for squats, he also excels in bench press and deadlift. Due to his high intensity training regiment and frequent competitions, Weibin recently has had pain in his lateral hip muscles after training. This pain problem has been unable to be solved for a long time.
Q: How long has the pain last? What are the main causes of pain?
A: It has been almost two years. First of all, the pain is not caused by the lack of correct movement technique. I powerlift almost everyday and have to attend numerous competitions. Overtime it has lead to the pain. Long periods of this high intensity training may have lead to muscle overuse injury.
A: Because I have been to a lot of public hospitals, doctors tell me to stop training and maybe even to have surgery in the future.
They are correct, but it is impossible for me to give up my powerlifting career. I believe sports injuries should be treated with sports physical therapy and therapeutic exercise. I have seen two physical therapists in the U.S. and Australia. They are great but the pain still persisted during training.
Q: So did our physical therapist Cory help you to figure it out?
A: Cory is very professional. Through some assessments of my body, he diagnosed that it was hamstring tendonitis due to the muscle overuse and compensation. During the powerlifting training, my gluteus medius was weak so I had to compensate by the using more of my right side hamstring. That was the reason why I overuse the hamstring and leading to the pain. So he used physical therapy to release my right hamstring by thera-gun myofascial release, Trigger point and cupping. We also did a lot of training with thera-band to reinforce my gluteus medius. The whole training process was fantastic. I will integrate these exercises into my power training program and activate the correct muscles before practice. I also will focus on the hamstring release after training.
Wish Professor He recover soon and fight again in the international arena!