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Corrective exercise strategies

Piriformis stretch

Stretching alone

Position the muscle group and joint

  • To isolate the piriformis as much as possible, lie supine and with knees bent cross one leg over the flexed knee.
  • In this position, the side to be stretched is positioned on the cross leg, i.e. the left side in the figure below.

Find zero tension

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

Figure 13a. Start of supine Piriformis stretch.

Figure 13b. Supine Piriformis stretch.

Find the first awareness

  • Allow the knee of the flexed and crossed leg (the left above) to move towards the floor or away from the hip. This will create a slight stretch on the piriformis.

Allow the loss of tension

  • Hold the flexed crossed leg still until the tension in the piriformis can no longer be felt.
  • Repeat the stretch a second time.

Additional stretch

  • If the player cannot create a first awareness of a stretch, ask him to move the supporting foot a little closer to the buttocks. This will place an additional stretch on the piriformis.