The Leg Extension Hamstring Stretch Exercise is a great way to lengthen your hamstrings, helping you to build stability in your golf swing and to avoid injury.
The Leg Extension Hamstring Stretch Exercise is based on the Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) athletic stretching technique, a method of muscle lengthening and fascial release that provides effective, dynamic, facilitated stretching of major muscle groups. Based on sound scientific research, AIS will improve and maintain the function of your muscle tissues and joints, as well as their health.
The Leg Extension Hamstring Stretch Exercise forms part of the Golf Recovery & Regeneration series of innovative and dynamic exercises that will help to improve the health and quality of your muscle tissues and joints, helping you to perform better on and off the golf course.
- Start by lying in a supine position (on your back, face up), with both legs straight.
- Lift your right knee up towards your chest, bending your leg, and grasp behind your knee with both hands.
- Straighten your right leg as much as possible, without letting your knee move away from your chest.
- Gently increase the stretch by pulling your knee closer to your chest.
- Hold for 2 seconds, then relax.
- Repeat for the desired number of repetitions.
- Repeat with the other leg.
Start with a small range of motion, and gradually try to increase the stretch with each rep.
Keep your non-working leg flat on the ground, pushing your heel as far away from your head as possible and contracting your glutes.
You should feel it stretching your hamstrings, as well as the hip flexors of the non-working leg.
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