I had my hips resurfaced (Birmingham Hip Resurfacing) a month apart in 2007 when I was 62 due to restrictive hip movement. I had been running competitive 100 m to 800 metre distances but found I could no longer run the curves.
Two years after surgery I was back sprinting – running the 400 m and 800 m (and 200 m but only if I am in the outside lane). I was (and still am) the Queensland champion in my age group for 400 m and 800 m. Last March I competed in the Australian Masters championships and although only 5th and 6th in the 400 m and 800 m I was in the 4 by 100 m relay team which got third. (My aim had been to get a medal of any sort – to show that a hip replacement athlete could remain competitive).
The only problem I have is that my adductors are stiff and sore when I start warming up and I need to run about 2 km before they feel good enough to run competitively. Last week I didn’t warm up enough and now my left adductor is quite sore.
I am a typical male and although I should stop training when the adductors are sore I keep training – but not quite as intensively. (One specialist said it was OK to keep training up until there was discomfort).
I have read a lot about adductor problems and I do the various recommended
exercises (but am I doing the correct ones?). I wish the adductors were
sufficiently strong that I did not need to run so far before I had so little
pain that I could compete on the track.