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LTAD - a critique
Demands of the game
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Functional screening
Resistance training
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Integrated game conditioning

Corrective exercise strategies

Hip flexor stretch

Stretching alone

Position the muscle group and joint

  • To isolate the hip flexors (the iliopsoas complex), assume a mini lunge position.
  • In this position, the side to be stretched is positioned behind the hip. The feet are parallel obeying the same rules as for the gastrocnemius stretch.

Find zero tension

  • Have the player position himself in a zero tension position.

Figure 9a. Mini-lunge position.

Figure 9b. Mini-lunge position with head turned.

  • Ask the player to subtly brace his abdominals. This will place a slight stretch on the hip flexors. Hold this first awareness for a count of 10
  • Then ask the subject to move into a deeper lunge while exhaling as he does so.
  • Again, hold this position for a count of 10.
  • Raising the arm on the side of the stretched hip will also add to the stretching tension.