Straight Leg Raise

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A straight leg raise is a rehab exercise used in the early stages of treating a thigh, hip flexor or knee injury.

Teaching points

  • Lay on your back or sit on the floor as shown with both legs straight.  
  • Keeping the knee straight, raise one leg off the floor.
  • Start by lifting just a few inches and increase as you progress.  

Variations & progressions

  • Lay on a bench with one leg bent and the foot on the floor to support you.
  • Start with the other leg straight and the heel on the ground (so your hip is in an extended position).  
  • Keep the knee straight as you raise this leg off the floor and above the level of the bench.  
  • Add an ankle weight to increase the difficulty.  

Muscles worked

Alternative exercises

Related injuries