Exercise of the Week: Prone hip extension stretch

Adequate hip extension is critical to normal function as well as most athletic activities. Hip extension means the movement of the upper leg relative to the pelvis in a posterior (backwards) direction. Normal hip extension is ~10 degrees from parallel when lying on your stomach.

If you do not have adequate hip extension, try this simple stretch. Lay on your stomach, and put a large towel roll under your knee. Make sure your hips are even; in other words, do not rotate upwards to the side that the towel is on. You should feel a gentle stretch in the front of your hip. Maintain this position for 30-60 seconds.

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