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Warm-up exercises for the legs
Stretch until the muscle just begins to feel tight (stretch point). It is important to hold the stretch position for 20 seconds, relax for 10 seconds and repeat each exercise for each leg. The stretching program should last 10 minutes. A practical program is to perform each exercise 2 or 3 times on each leg.
Adductors: Stand with your feet apart. Bend one knee while keeping the other straight. Bend until a stretch is felt in the groin and inner thigh (stretch point).
Flexors (iliopsoas): Lie on your side. Grab the ankle of the uppermost leg with your hand. Pull the ankle backwards and slightly to the side.
Hamstrings: Place the heel of the left leg on a low table or chair. Keep the knee straight. Reach forwards with both hands until you reach stretch point.
Quadriceps: With one hand supporting the body, grasp the ankle with the other so that the foot is pulled up towards the buttock until you reach stretch point.
Calf/Achilles tendon stretching
1. Stand about 1.5 m from the wall and lean against it. Keep your left knee straight and your left foot flat on the floor. Bend your right knee forwards until you reach stretch point.
2. Stand in a similar position, but bend the left knee so that stretch is felt deeper and lower in the leg.
It is very important to war down by repeating the gentle stretching exercises and jogging for several minutes after sporting activity.
Copyright 1995: John Murtagh, Professor of