Factors related to joint loading during running contribute to the development of stress fractures in the femoral neck and other lower extremity structures. Research suggests these loading parameters can be reduced by altering running foot strike pattern, stride length, speed, and step rate.
Because of the low incidence of femoral neck stress fracture and the relative difficulty of obtaining biomechanical data specifically at the hip joint and femoral neck, there are sparse data directly pertaining to this condition. However, due to the potential for morbidity and high medical costs often associated with a femoral neck stress fracture, clinicians must be familiar with the etiology of the disorder and ways to modify certain parameters that may influence its development in runners.
An excellent overview of this injury may be read here.
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