By Zuzana Rogers
Are you getting ready to start enjoying the winter wonderland and ski trails? How do you keep your body functioning well during the winter months? Do you want to be able to ski without injuries throughout the season and then return to running and hiking safely again in the spring? [...]
The shoulders, upper and lower back and the feet/Achilles tendon are areas that take a beating throughout the winter. Mobility is important for optimal function and performance.
Here are some tips how to address common areas of overload and tightness during the winter months. Remember – these are just tips, not a medical advice. If any of these exercises are painful, stop. Contact your physical therapist who can assess the situation and suggest modifications
.1.) Thoracic rotation while lying on side
2.) Shoulders and thoracic mobility - modified child’s pose
3.) Quadriceps stretch - focus on rectus femoris
4.) Piriformis stretch
5.) Calf stretch
6.) Foot strength – shuffle walk
7.) Plantar fascia stretch
8.) Several things to remember when you are performing these:
"Runners’ Edge Alaska Strives To Help Recreational And Elite Alaskan Runners Of All Ages To Return To Running Safely, Effectively And Pain-Free, For Life."