Hip & Groin Stretching

Hip and Groin stretching exercises including standing groin stretch, long adductor stretch, piriformis Stretch and hip flexor stretch.

Standing Groin Stretch

Standing groin stretch. This easy stretch can help prevent and treat groin strain injuries. 

Teaching Points

  • Stand with your feet wide apart and knees straight.
  • Bend the right knee out to the side and lean to the right.
  • Hold for between 10 and 30 seconds.

Muscles Stretched

  • Gracilis.
  • Adductor Magnus.
  • Adductor Brevis.
  • Adductor Longus.


Long Adductor Stretch

Stretching the adductor muscles will help to keep your hips flexible which is important in injury prevention.

Teaching Points

  • Sit on the floor with your legs as far apart as possible and knee straight.
  • Keep the back straight and lean forward from the hips.
  • Hold for between 10 and 30 seconds.

Muscles Stretched

  • Gracilis.
  • Adductor Magnus.
  • Adductor Longus.

Outer Hip Stretch

Stretching the muscles of the outer hip such as tensor fascia latae and also the Iliotibial band can be effective in treating runners knee.

Teaching Points

  • Lay on the floor on your back.
  • Cross the right foot over the left knee, keeping the right knee bent.
  • Use your left hand to pull the right knee across your body.
  • Hold for between 10 and 30 seconds.

Muscles Stretched

  • Gluteus Medius.
  • Gluteus Minimus.
  • Tensor Fasciae Latae.


Piriformis Stretch

The piriformis muscle can be very troublesome and cause symptoms of sciatica including pain radiating down the leg. Stretching this muscle will keep it supple and prevent it from impinging on the sciatic nerve.

Teaching Points

  • Lay on the floor on your back and cross the right ankle over the left knee
  • Grip the thigh of your left leg and pull the knee towards you, lifting the foot off the floor
  • Pull the knee further towards you to increase the stretch
  • Hold for between 10 and 30 seconds

Muscles Stretched

  • Piriformis

Hip Flexor Stretch

This is an effective stretch which is commonly used for the muscles at the front of the hip including Rectus Femoris.

Teaching Points

  • Kneel with one knee on the floor and the other foot in front with the knee bent.
  • Push your hips forward and keep the back upright.
  • Hold for between 10 and 30 seconds.

Muscles Stretched

  • Rectus Femoris.
  • Iliopsoas.

Gluteus Maximus Stretch

Stretching the buttocks can be great for reducing symptoms from sciatica.

Teaching Points

  • Lay on the floor on your back.
  • Pull your bent knee up towards the opposite shoulder.
  • Hold for between 10 and 30 seconds.

Muscles Stretched

  • Gluteus Maximus.

Gluteal Stretch

Stretching the buttocks can be great for reducing symptoms from sciatica.

Teaching Points

  • Lay on your stomach and bend one leg up under your stomach
  • Lean forwards to further rotate and flex the leg and increase the stretch
  • Hold for between 10 and 30 seconds

Muscles Stretched

  • Gluteus Maximus
  • Gluteus Minimus
  • Gluteus Medius
  • Piriformis

Outer Hip Stretch

This is a great stretch for reducing tightness in the Iliotibial band - a long thick strip of fascia running down the outside of the thigh.

Teaching Points

  • Stand with the leg to be stretched behind the other.
  • Lean over to the non-stretching side.
  • Push the hip you wish to stretch out to the other side.
  • Hold for between 10 and 30 seconds.

Variations

  • Perform leaning forwards, using the wall or a table for support.
  • Take the leg being stretched as far across your body as possible.

Muscles Stretched

  • Tensor Fasciae Latae.
  • Iliotibial Band.
  • Sartorius.

It can be stretched in a seated position as shown here.

Teaching Points

  • To stretch the Tensor Fascia Latae muscle In a seated position the athlete pulls the knee across and in towards the body.
  • A stretch should be felt in the outer thigh and hip.
  • Do not stretch into pain.
  • Hold for 20-30 seconds, rest and repeat 2-3 times.

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