Before I get to your RSC TOTW I invite you to join me in giving a huge WHOOP WHOOP! out to our March All-Star Kaleigh Hole!
Not only did Kaleigh dominate the Ontario University Championships pentathlon, winning four of the five events and setting three personal records and scoring an OUA record for pentathlon in the process!
To top it off, she was named Western Mustang Athlete Of The Week, OUA Track & Field Championships Major Award recipient for “Women’s Outstanding Performer” AND “Women’s Field MVP”. Not a bad week! Nice to see months of hard work pay off.
And now your Tip O’ The Week…
If I had a nickel for every time someone was told by their physio that they had to stretch their hip flexors… you would hear me coming a mile away with all the jingling in my pockets as they over flowed with nickels.
Whenever I hear that I think “but WHY?”
For a lot of you – students, office workers, anyone who spends a lot of time sitting, it makes sense that they are short. When you sit for hours and hours a day the hip flexor that basically goes from your thigh to the vertebrae of your lower back is in a shortened position. Depending on how you sit, the hip flexor that crosses your knee and hip may be in a shortened position too – it is tight in almost all of our athletes, so let’s say it is.
If you have been stretching your hip flexors at least 6 days per week for 6 weeks and have not made any headway on your hip flexor tightness, then it is time to get that checked out by a good sport physio to see “why”.
What else is going on in your musculoskeletal system that you are doing the right things and not seeing any improvement. This suggests that there is probably another reason that you are so tight in that area.
When you train at RevCon you know we use the Hip Flexor Foot on Wall and Elevated Hip Flexor, LAX Ball on Hip Flexor (I know, you guys love that one ;)) and ½ Kneeling Hip Flexor.
What I want to show you today is a few other ways to target your hip flexors from different angles. Give them a try and see if it helps…
So if you want a more efficient running, jumping or skating stride, if you want to take strain off your lower back, hips and knees then you should be including these in your daily mobility routine BEFORE it leads to an injury.