Softball Performance Warm-Up
Increasingly, specific sports are blamed for injuries when those sports may actually be helping the athlete postpone an ailment for weeks, months or years. These exercises are designed to help problem areas in your sport so you can have less pain and boost your performance.
1. These stretches are not designed to be medical advice. First consult a medical professional to ensure you don’t have an issue that requires medical attention (ie. break, infection, tumor, tear or organ involvement.)
2. If any of the stretches cause pain, stop doing it and move on to the next one.
Do These - Takes 3 Mins
HOW: PRESS HEEL INTO THE GROUND USING THREE ANGLES TO ACTIVELY RELAX THE BACK OF LEG MUSCLES. FIRST, TOE POINTS UPWARD. THEN TOE POINTS OUTWARD 45 DEGREES. THEN POINT TOE INWARD 45 DEGREES.
HOW: WITH STRAIGHT ARMS, HINGE AT YOUR HIPS, PRESSING BELLY TOWARD THE GROUND SO AS TO CREATE A TABLETOP WITH YOUR BACK. NOW WITH VARIOUS FOOT POSITIONS, FIRST PIGEON-TOED, HOLD POSITION. THEN DUCK-TOED. THEN FEET LINED UP.
HOW: CLASP HANDS OVERHEAD, POINTING TO THE SKY. LOOK UP. ARCH BACK AND PUSH BELLY FORWARD.
HOW: FLATTEN YOUR BACK AGAINST THE WALL USING YOUR UPPER LEG MUSCLES. BEND KNEES TO GET LEVERAGE FOR PRESSING AGAINST WALL. KNEES ARE OVER THE ANKLES.
HOW: WITH A STRAIGHT LEG, FLEX YOUR FOOT AND TOES TOWARD YOU BELLY, USING THREE ANGLES TO ACTIVELY RELAX THE BACK OF YOUR LEG MUSCLES. FIRST, FOOT POINTS UPWARD. THEN FOOT POINTS OUTWARD 45 DEGREES. THEN POINT FOOT INWARD 45 DEGREES.
HOW: HANDS ON THE BACK OF THE HEAD. SQUEEZE SHOULDER BLADES LIGHTLY TOGETHER. FEET IN A LUNGE POSITION. USE LEG MUSCLES TO BOB THE BACK KNEE UP AND DOWN.