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The straight leg raise (SLR) exercise is a common exercise which is used in the early to mid stages of rehabilitation for knee, hip and thigh injuries. It works the hip flexor muscles.

Teaching Points:

  • The starting point is lying on the back with both legs out straight.
  • One leg is then lifted a few inches off the couch/floor, keeping the knee straight.
  • The position may be held for 2-5 seconds, before the leg is lowered slowly back to the floor.

Muscles Worked:

Alternative Exercise:

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