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Snowboard Stretches

1. Quad Stretch

  1. In a standing position lift one of your feet until you can grab your ankle
  2. Point your knee to the ground and pull your foot towards your butt
  3. Stretch until the front of your leg muscle (quad) feels tight
  4. Hold for 20-30 seconds and repeat on the other leg


2. Hamstring Stretch

  1. Sit down on the floor with one leg straight and the other bent making a V
  2. Reach towards one of your feet with both hands
  3. Stretch until you feel the back of your upper leg tighten. Keep your knee flat to the floor and let your back relax by breathing
  4. Hold for 20-30 seconds and repeat on the other leg


3. Groin Stretch

  1. Sit on the floor with the soles of both feet together and hands gripping each ankle
  2. Hold your ankles and gently press your knees towards the ground
  3. Breathe and relax whilst holding for 20-30 seconds


4. Gluteus Stretch

  1. With one leg straight cross the other leg over at the knee
  2. Take your opposite elbow and to bent leg and twist your body in the same direction
  3. Keep your butt on the ground, use your back hand for balance and look behind you
  4. Hold for 20-30 seconds and repeat on the other leg


5. Shoulder Stretch

The shoulder stretch focuses on the rotator cuff and the back of the shoulder. Keeping your shoulders flexible is key as when you are winding down the windows whilst trying to stay balanced. You want to be able to move quickly and not be restricted.

  1. Whilst standing grab the left wrist with your right hand
  2. Pull your left wrist across your body and stretch your shoulder until it feels tight. Hold for 20-30 seconds
  3. Repeat on the other side


6. Overhead Shoulder Stretch

The overhead shoulder stretch focuses on keeping the shoulder flexible in overhead movements and stretches the large upper back muscles. Again like the shoulder stretch, this helps to keep your arms from being restricted by your muscles so you can adjust your arms for balance.

  1. Whilst standing grab your right elbow with your left hand behind your head
  2. Pull your right elbow behind your head and stretch until it feels tight. Hold for 20-30 seconds
  3. Repeat on the other side

7. Cat Stretch

The cat stretch feels great on your lower back and can be used for relaxation. Think about breathing in whilst arcing your back and then breathing out as you lift your head.

  1. Start in a kneeling position, head down and back rounded
  2. Lift your head, arch your back and breath out
  3. Move back to the original position slowly and repeat 10 times


8. Clock Face Stretch

The clock face is another great lower back stretch to help loosen up all the tension which builds from riding or lifting weights. It will keep you flexible and uses the weight of your rotating arm to apply the stretch. When doing this exercise the goal is to rotate the upper arm around in a circular motion with your arm stopping at each 3 hour mark.

  1. Lye on your side with your arms extend out in front of you and your right leg 90 degrees to your body
  2. Rotate your upper arm to 12 o'clock and then breathe
  3. Rotate your arm behind you to 9 o'clock and then breathe
  4. Continue the rotation around the body 3 times and then switch to the other side and repeat


9. Piriformis Stretch

The piriformis stretch works on stretching the lateral rotators of the hip. Anyone who has ever had trouble with pressure on their sciatic nerve will know this stretch. Overly tight piriformis muscles can press against the nerve and cause all sorts of pain in the lower leg and back. These muscles are one of the muscles used the most when ripping it both on snow and initiating spins.

  1. Lye on your back and clasp your hands behind your head
  2. Rest your right foot on your bent left knee
  3. Slowly lift your left leg up to start the stretch, stop and hold for 20-50 seconds when your feel the muscle tighten
  4. Lower your left leg to the floor and repeat for 10 reps
  5. Switch legs and repeat


10. Hip Flexor Stretch

  1. Form a kneeling position with the right foot forward and a straight spine
  2. Maintaining posture and shift the entire body slightly forward
  3. Hold the stretch for 10 seconds and then repeat on the other side


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