Groin Strains in Hockey Players – Rehab: Phase One
Check out our favorite early rehab exercise to help you recover from a groin strain!
The first exercise we are going to cover in our rehab series for groin strains in hockey players is a ball squeeze leg lift. The thought process behind this exercise is that we want to activate the adductors without promoting a shortening/lengthening of the muscle. By performing adduction with a ball squeeze, we are performing an isometric contraction that facilitate fiber recruitment without placing undue stress upon them. Adding in the leg lifts with an abdominal bracing (Tranverse Abdominus activation) maneuver allows for a stable pelvis/core activation that further enhances this base movement.
To perform this exercise you should:
1. Place a ball between your ankles
2. Activate your TA with the abdominal drawing in maneuver that we previously discussed while squeezing the ball between your ankles
3. Perform a leg lift up to 30-45 degrees of hip flexion while keeping your leg straight and maintaining a flat back against the table
4. Perform 8-12 reps while keeping your adductors active per set
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