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Abductor Stretch & Oblique Stretch

Abductor Stretch & Oblique Stretch

The Abductor Stretch & Oblique Stretch focuses on improving flexibility of the hip abductors and trunk rotators. It is a two in one static stretching exercise.

The focus is on improving flexibility of the hip abductors and obliques, thereby improving range of motion and minimizing the risk for injury.

You should implement this oblique stretch and abductor stretch into your static stretching routine because they are being used constantly during stroke production (e.g. trunk rotation) and change of direction.

By regularly stretching out the obliques and hip abductors you can support the muscle recovery process following intense matches or practice sessions.

Oblique Stretch and Abductor Stretch Recommendation

This is also a great time to relax mentally.

Either close your eyes and focus on your breathing or you can also listen to relaxing music.

After you are finished stretching out you should feel relaxed and ready for a good massage!

Oblique Stretch and Abductor Stretch Summary

Oblique Stretch and Abductor Stretch
© by Phil Halfmann – all rights reserved
  1. Place floor mat on the ground
  2. Lay down in supine position (face up); knees are extended shoulder-width apart
  3. Extend arms and raise them to 90˚ of shoulder abduction
  4. Flex one hip to 90˚; knee is extended
  5. Internally rotate trunk, hereby bringing foot towards the ground, while maintaining ground contact with both scapulae (shoulder blades)
  6. Hold stretch 45 seconds and perform to the other side

Targeted Musculature

  • Hip Abductors (gluteus medius & minimus)
  • Obliques

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Other Stretches For You

Apart from the abductor stretch & oblique stretch we have some other stretches for you that target the muscles acting on the hip.

Simply click on them to learn more or watch the videos:

hip flexor stretch
Hip Flexor Stretch
Hamstrings and erector spinae stretch
Hamstrings and Erector Spinae Stretch
sumo squat stretch
Sumo Squat Stretch

Training Zone

We provide you with some more workouts and training tips you may be interested in to optimize your training.

Also, make sure that you warm up properly before and stretch out after your training session.