Stretch of the Week: Hamstring/Hip Flexor Stretch
by JD Fields, DPT
AZOPT Goodyear Physical Therapist
Stretch type: Dynamic
Please note: Many dynamic stretches require good balance and coordination to perform, such as this stretch. Utilize a wall or another object that allows you to stand tall and maintain balance.
Begin by standing tall and close to a wall or another object for balance. Kick your leg forward as far as you can and then kick backwards as far as you can, swinging the leg in a rhythmic manner. After 10 repetitions, turn the other direction and repeat with the opposite leg.
Why Perform This Stretch? This dynamic hamstring and hip flexor stretch will mimic a kicking motion or a large striding motion like ones involved in running, soccer, tennis, and pickle ball, to name a few. It is a great way to stretch out the hamstrings and the hip flexors as well as ready them for activity.