Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 01/09/13 at 09:34 PM ET
via Dr. Gage of the Merritt Herald,
Regardless of your feelings on the NHL lockout, it is my job to try and have you physically fit enough to handle the long hours of sitting in front of the television while trying to get your NHL fix. Thus, I have listed a few stretches for you to do between periods and after watching a game. For all of you out there who don’t watch hockey but like to simply watch different programs on TV, these stretches will work for you as well.
1. Lean forward to stretch and take the pressure off the lower back. Even if you do not feel a stretch, it is still good to release the muscle tension in the lower back. Hold for 20 seconds while breathing normally. Repeat four times.
2. Start in a standing position with your feet shoulder-width apart and pointed straight ahead. Slowly bend forward from the hips. Always keep your knees slightly bent so you do not stress the lower back. Let your neck and shoulders relax. Go to the point that you feel a slight stretch in the back of your legs. Hold for 20 seconds. Do not lock your knees or bounce. Repeat four times.
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