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Stretching hip flexors for rowing

Found this really useful article on the Growing Bodies blog about hip flexors. Hip Flexor Stretches Photo Credit: … read more

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Found this really useful article on the Growing Bodies blog about hip flexors.

Hip Flexor Stretches, rowing hip flexor Hip Flexor Stretches Photo Credit: Growing Bodies Blog

The writer explains that they get tight and also “overactivity” in the hip flexor.

Overactivity means you are using your hip flexors too much and they give two situations where this can happen – it’s best to adjust the stroke so you un-learn these habits but that’s difficult.

Overactivity of hip flexors can come about under two different circumstances;

  1. The rower does not achieve early rock over (due to timing issues or tight hamstrings) and then has to use the hip flexors to bring the pelvis to upright throughout the recovery and coming into the catch
  2. When a rower begins the drive, they may lift their shoulders, losing the connection on the front of their abdominal wall, this results in a raising of the chest and a reliance on the hip flexors to stabilise the pelvis and spine through the drive rather than the gluteal and abdominal muscles – overusing the hip flexors through the drive makes it very difficult for the hip flexors to achieve early ‘rock over’ as they are still stabilising the spine at the end of the drive, the hip flexors often continue to be active as the rower attempts to tilt the pelvis during the recovery

Read the full article on Growing Bodies and how to do the stretches.

About Rebecca Caroe
Rebecca is the host of RowingChat podcast and is a masters athlete and coach. Passionate about helping others enjoy the sport as much as she does. View all posts from Rebecca Caroe

One thought on “Stretching hip flexors for rowing

  1. Many people ignore what could be a big problem in their body. Your hip flexors are a long set of muscles that attach from your spine onto your hip. This means that as a group the flex the body but also flex the leg. They are used in many movements for stabilising and for large powerful movements such as kicking. The fact is that these muscles can cause you quite a lot of problems, and you won’t even know it. The most common problem that they cause is a bad back, here we will talk about how and why this happens, and what you can do to relieve the problem.

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