Adductor (Groin) Stretch for Runners & Triathletes

 

Compared to multidirectional sports for example rugby, basketball, hockey or netball, with all their turning, cutting and changes of direction, the repetitive action of running is very linear.

This is often reflected in the available ranges of motion we see in runners, triathletes and other endurance sports people.

While there’s clearly no need for a runner to be able to perform the splits, it is important for us not to be excessively tight through our adductors, the muscles of the inner thigh.

As I previously described here, adductor tightness can contribute to common imbalances we see at the hips and knees.

Try the stretch in today’s video and let me know how you get on:

  • 3 x 1 minute each leg

This half kneeling adductor stretch provides a great alternative to the adductor stretch in our Free 30 Day Challenge – Check it out!

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About The Author

James has an academic background in Sport Rehabilitation and a special interest in Applied Biomechanics. He currently coaches a large number of Runners and Triathletes across all levels of ability and performance. He's grown a strong reputation for enabling athletes to improve their running performance and overcome running injuries through improving their Running Technique and developing Running Specific Strength.

 

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  • Thanks for this James. I still do the stretch from the 30 day challenge when I can – I know my hips are tight in all directions. I play tennis as well as run so I do need more range of movement.
    This stretch feels very nice.

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  • Hi James, my left side adductors are much tighter than my right side. To rebalance, is it just a matter of doing more stretching work on that side? Thanks Martin

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