The groin stretch is a staple of sports as diverse as badminton and karate, an essential way to keep this much injured area flexible.
When we play sports we often stretch and reach, extending the legs past their normal range of motion. The groin stretch is thus an important part of any athlete's flexibility program, helping to increase the range of motion and thus improve performance.
Performing the groin stretch is simple.
- Sit on the floor, and bring your feet together by bending your legs.
- Keep your back straight, your head up, and rest your elbows on the inside of your knees.
- With the soles of the feet together, gently bring the heels in as close as possible to the body while gently pushing down on the inside of your knees with your elbows.
- Hold the stretch for 30 seconds.
- Relax and repeat.
You should feel this movement along the inside of your thighs. Regularly performing this exercise will improve the flexibility in this area and reduce your risk of injury.