Our instructors at Knoxville have asked that we study these pages from the book "Stretching: 20th Anniversary Revised Edition" by Bob and Jean Anderson (2000). Practice these every day between now and the beginning of curling camp so that you will have maximum flexibility when you hit the ice!
NOTE: This is from a scan, so some of the pictures are a little cut off, but you'll get the idea.
Leg Stretches Edit
- Be careful if you have had knee problems. Do not stretch with any feeling of actual pain. Use control so you find the proper stretch feeling.
To stretch the muscles in front of the hip (iliopsoas), move one leg forward until the knee of the forward leg is directly over the ankle. You other knee should be resting on the floor. Now, without changing the position of the knee on the floor or the forward foot, lower the front of your hip downward to create an easy stretch. Hold for 15-20 seconds. You should feel this stretch in the front of the hip and possibly in the hamstrings and groin.
- Stretching for 10-20 minutes in the evening is a good way to keep your muscles well tuned, so you feel good the next morning.
If you have any tight areas, or soreness, stretch these areas before retiring (or while watching TV) and feel for yourself the difference the next morning.
NOTE: You should do the following stretch to practice for curling throws, even though the text of the book tells you not to.
Do not have your knee forward of the ankle.
This will hinder the proper stretching of the hip and legs.
The greater distance there is between the back knee and the heel of the front foot, the easier it is to stretch the hips and legs.