Top 5 stretches to do before every surf session (from Elyse at Elysian Physical Therapy)

Top 5 stretches to do before every surf session (from Elyse at Elysian Physical Therapy)

Recommended by Elyse Quartini at Elysian Physical Therapy

Here we have our top 5 stretches to do before every surf session to prevent surf injury by Elyse Quartini at Elysian Physical Therapy

As surfers we all know the stiffness that getting thrown around under water (and getting older) creates, and we all want to stay in the water as long as possible. So we asked a physical therapist specializing in treating surfers just how we can stay limber. Here are her top 5 stretches to do before every surf session to prevent surf injury and stay limber (Always make sure you check with your doctor that you are cleared from injury and okay to perform these stretches). Check out our top 5 strengthening exercises as well.

5 stretches to do before every surf session (if cleared from injury)


Latissimus/Shoulders Stretch

SHOULDER STRETCH FOR SURFING

In kneeling position, place bent elbows on stable surface in front of you.  Sit your hips back and stretch your arms over your head keeping your elbow flexed. Hold for 15 seconds. 2 sets


Shoulder External Rotation (Part of Rotator Cuff) Stretch

SHOULDER STRETCH FOR SURFING

Keeping shoulder blades back and down, place the back of your hand on the small of your back.  Maintaining that contact, press your elbow forward. You should feel a stretch deep in your shoulder.  Hold 15 seconds, 2 sets.


Hip External Rotation Stretch (Figure 4) Hold 15 seconds, 2 sets.

3 Options

1. Lying on your back with knees bent, place one ankle across your opposite knee.  Keeping your sacrum on the ground, place your hand at the crease of your thigh and gently press away.  Hold 15 seconds.

 HIP STRETCH FOR SURFING

2. Begin in the position above but then wrap your hands around the base thigh and pull both legs towards you. 

HIP STRETCH FOR SURFING

3. Place one foot on the wall, knee at a 90-degree bend.  Place the other ankle across the knee and gently press at the crease of your thigh.  Your sacrum should stay connected to the ground.  

HIP STRETCH FOR SURFING


Low Back (Lumbar) Extension Mobility

Lie on your stomach and keep your glutes and legs relaxed.  Hold 15 seconds, 2 sets.

3 Options

1. Rise up on forearms as far as comfortable so that you feel gentle pressure in your low back.  Hold for 10 seconds, then rest for 10 seconds. Keep your lower body relaxed the whole time.  

BACK MOBILITY FOR SURFING

2. Place your hands beneath your soulders and push up so that you feel gentle pressure in your low back.  Hold for 10 seconds, then rest for 10 seconds. so that you feel gentle pressure in your low back. Hold for 10 seconds, then rest for 10 seconds.  

BACK MOBILITY FOR SURFING

3. If pushing up with your arms in the above position is too much on your shoulders, you can walk your hands forward so you have more leverage.

BACK MOBILITY FOR SURFING

 

Upper Back (Thoracic) Rotation Mobility

BACK MOBILITY FOR SURFING

Position yourself on hands and knees.  Slide one hand to the side beneath the opposite arm, twisting through your torso and rest your shoulder and head on the floor if possible.  Use that opposite arm to press into the floor for more stretch. Hold 15 seconds, 2 sets.



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