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Strengthen: The hip flexors pull the upper leg up at the hip, allows us to lift our knees and bend at the waist. There are five muscles that connect the femur to the pelvis. Stretching and strengthening the hip flexors is important to avoid injury and increase performance. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Frequently: The hamstring muscles insert directly on the bottom of the pelvis called the ischial tuberosities. The degree of hamstring tightness directly influences the curve of the lower lumbar spine. Tight hamstrings flatten out the normal curvature which tends to cause poor weight bearing characteristics in the lumbar spine. Stretching the hamstrings is an important part of back exercises. ...Read more
Can be very helpful: Both massage and passive and active stretching can be very helpful for tight hip . Flexors. While a home program for stretching can work fine massage needs to be done by a provider trained in neuromuscular massage in order to get the most benefit. Stretches should be demonstrated at least once to make sure they are done properly. Find a facility that provides physical therapy and massage. ...Read more
Any stretching exercises in addition to heel drops that will stretch the medial head of the gastrocnemius? Calf stretch only stretches mid-lower calf.
Calf exercises: Here are some pages with exercises: http://www.foot-pain-explored.com/calf-stretches.html and http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/guide/strengthening-calf-muscles and http://www.sportsinjuryclinic.net/sport-injuries/ankle-achilles-shin-pain/calf-strain/calf-strain-stretching-exercises ...Read more
Many: Hi: there are many and most you already know such as belt pulls, ankle lifts, jump rope, balance boards and etc. Best regards: dr. Mark reed placentia-linda foot & ankle group drs. Mark and melanie reed 1275 rose drive, suite 136 placentia, ca 92870 fax: (714) 528-0739 office: (714) 528-2252 www.Footpain.Org drmreed@footpain.Org. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Check out this paper: This is a great paper - but it might be hard for you to download it "A training program to improve neuromuscular and performance indices in female high school soccer players." Noyes FR1, Barber-Westin SD, Tutalo Smith ST, Campbell T. J Strength Cond Res. 2013 Feb;27(2):340-51 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22465985 ...Read more
Quad exercises: The muscles of the quadriceps femoris include the rectus femoris and the three vastus muscles (medius, intermedius, and lateralis). They primary function to help extend the knee, but the rectus also helps flex the hip. Exercises that strengthen the quads include leg extensors, squats, lunges and leg presses. Cardio exercises that condition the quads include running, cycling, and stair climbing. ...Read more
Knee ligaments: After you have damage your medial collateral ligament, or your lateral collateral ligament, the ligaments are stretched and or torn. The is no way to strengthen the ligament, short of repairing the tear. Rehab for ligaments include exercises to maintain your leg strength around the knee, protection of the ligament with a brace, and time for the sprain to heal. Check with your trainer. ...Read more
Knee osteoarthritis. Advisable to add ankle weights when doing strengthening exercises like straight leg raise?
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Eccentric exercises: The best solution for tight hamstrings and achilles are stretching and eccentric exercises. Eccentric exercises load and strengthen muscle as a muscle lengthens versus when it shortens. For the hamstring my favorite is the nordic exercise. For the achilles my favorite is reverse toe raises (heel drops) on an elevated surface such as a stair or step. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
SLR's: Straight leg raises w/ a 1 or 2 lb. Ankle wt. On a daily basis(start w/ 25 and buld up to 100 per day).Lay flat on back, bend good knee to 90 degrees;.Then bring ankle back on weak leg(tightening hamstring group) then tighten quads and pick up leg and hold a foot or so off floor or couch and hold for a count of 10.Then let down relax both muscle groups and then repeat.Look up diagram of exercise. ...Read more
It can: Acutely you want to reduce your strain on the tendon. You need to stretch your quads and slowly return you activity level in a controlled fashion to allow your tendon to build up tolerance again to the activities you do. Constant straining and loading your patella tendon can be aggravating to it unless done in a controlled environment. Work with your doctor and physical therapist to improve. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer