Thursday, December 13, 2012

Inverted hurdler's stretch

The hurdler’s stretch can injure the knee and should be practiced with caution:
1.  It stretches the medial ligaments in the knee.     
2.  It crushes the meniscus, or the disk of cartliage found in your knee.  
3.  It can lead to slippage of the knee cap, which could result in a twisted or compressed knee cap.

There are modified versions with back knee in various positions.  Yoga versions involve folding forward face to knee.  Hurdler version includes folding forward and bending backward.  This stretch looks like a track athlete going over a hurdle.  Runners benefit from stretching the muscles involved with this.


The National Academy of Sports Medicine considers this stretch dangerous.  

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