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Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Stretching Exercises

The following are examples of dynamic stretching and mobility exercises, which could form part of the warm up program in a training session. The dynamic exercises you incorporate into your warm up program should be appropriate to the movements you would experience in your sport/event. In all the exercises breathe easily whilst performing them.

The Exercises
Joint Rotations
From a standing position with your arms hanging loosely at you sides, flex, extend, and rotate each of the following joints:
Fingers, Wrist, Elbows, Shoulders, Neck, Trunk and shoulder blades, Hips, Knees, Ankles, Feet and toes

Neck Mobility
Flexion/Extension - Tuck your chin into your chest, and then lift your chin upward as far as possible. 6 to 10 repetitions Lateral Flexion - lower your left ear toward your left shoulder and then your right ear to your right shoulder. 6 to 10 repetitions Rotation - Turn your chin laterally toward your left shoulder and then rotate it toward your right shoulder. 6 to 10 repetitions

Shoulder Circles
Stand tall, feet slightly wider than shoulder-width apart, knees slightly bent Raise your right shoulder towards your right ear, take it backwards, down and then up again to the ear in a smooth action Repeat with the other shoulder.

Arm Swings
Stand tall, feet slightly wider than shoulder-width apart, knees slightly bent Keep the back straight at all times Overhead/Down and back - Swing both arms continuously to an overhead position and then forward, down, and backwards. 6 to 10 repetitions Side/Front Crossover - Swing both arms out to your sides and then cross them in front of your chest. 6 to 10 repetitions

Side Bends
Stand tall with good posture, feet slightly wider than shoulder-width apart, knees slightly bent, hands resting on hips Lift your trunk up and away from your hips and bend smoothly first to one side, then the other, avoiding the tendency to lean either forwards or backwards Repeat the whole sequence sixteen times with a slow rhythm, breathing out as you bend to the side, and in as you return to the centre.

Hip circles and twists
Circles - With your hands on your hips and feet spread wider than your shoulders, make circles with your hips in a clockwise direction for 10 to 12 repetitions. Then repeat in a counter clockwise direction Twists - Extend your arms out to your sides, and twist your torso and hips to the left, shifting your weight on to the left foot. Then twist your torso to the right while shifting your weight to the right foot. 10 to 12 reps on each side.

Half Squat
Stand tall with good posture holding your hands out in front of you for balance Now bend at the knees until your thighs are parallel with the floor Keep your back long throughout the movement, and look straight ahead Make sure that your knees always point in the same direction as your toes Once at your lowest point, fully straighten your legs to return to your starting position Repeat the exercise sixteen times with a smooth, controlled rhythm Breath in as you descend, and out as you rise.

Leg Swings
Flexion/Extension - Stand sideways onto the wall Weight on your left leg and your right hand on the wall for balance Swing your right leg forward and backward 10 to 12 repetitions on each leg Cross-Body flexion/Abduction - Leaning slightly forward with both hands on a wall and your weight on your left leg, swing your right leg to the left in front of your body, pointing your toes upwards as your foot reaches its furthest point of motion Then swing the right leg back to the right as far as comfortable, again pointing your toes up as your foot reaches its final point of movement 10 to 12 repetitions on each leg.

Standing tall both feet together (starting position) Keeping the back straight lunge forward with the right leg approx 1 to 1½ metre The right thigh should be parallel with the ground and the right lower leg vertical Spring back to the starting position Repeat with the left leg 12 to 16 repetitions on each leg.

Ankle Bounce
Double leg bounce - Leaning forward with your hands on the wall and your weight on your toes, raise and lower both heels rapidly (bounce) Each time, lift your heels one to two inches from the ground while maintaining ground contact with the ball of your feet 12 to 16 repetitions

Single leg bounce - leaning forward with your hands on a wall and all your weight on your left foot, raise the right knee forward while pushing the left heel towards the ground Then lower the right foot to the floor while raising the left heel one or two inches Repeat in a rapid, bouncy fashion 12 to 16 repetitions on each leg


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