As I find myself reiterating to athletes on almost a daily basis; you can’t stretch the Iliotibial Band (ITB)!
Two muscles, Gluteus Maximus and Tensor Fascia Latae (TFL) form the upper attachment of the ITB to the pelvis. When these muscles get tight, tension increases in the ITB, sometimes this can be a factor in why some individuals go to to develop ITB Syndrome.
In terms of Glute Max and TFL, rarely do I see athletes presenting with tight Glute Max muscles. Far more common is the athlete who exhibits tightness through TFL. These athletes usually greatly benefit from the stretch in the video above.
As I mention in the video, causes for TFL tightness is a topic for another day 🙂
Let me know how you get on with this stretch.
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Last updated on April 10th, 2019.