This is the first of 3 series on Dynamic Stretch Videos Created by Emily Haglage, PT, DPT from Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush

Research seems to lean towards dynamic stretching as the most beneficial form of stretching prior to any type of exercise or sport routine. In fact, most studies found that it was beneficial to perform dynamic stretching in order to reverse negative effects of static stretching. One researcher group discovered, ? Athletes in sports requiring [leg] power should use dynamic stretching techniques in warm-up to enhance flexibility while improving performance?. Read more: To Stretch or Not To Stretch: Should you waste your time?

Dynamic Stretch: High Knees– use this exercise to stretch your psoas (hip flexor muscle) if you are dealing with any hip or low back issues.

Dynamic Stretch: Hamstring Walk– use this exercise to stretch your hamstrings dynamically especially if you have low back pain or frequent calf strains.

Dynamic Stretch: Glute Kicks– perform this exercise if you suffer from frequent quad strains or tight hips and knees

Emily_Haglage.jpgEmily Haglage is a graduate of Saint Louis University where she received her bachelor’s of science degree in exercise science and doctorate in physical therapy. She treats a variety of orthopedic injuries with special interest in knee injuries including patellofemoral pain, meniscus injuries, ligamentous injuries, arthritis and post-operative total knee replacements. She enjoys working closely with athletes by performing Functional Sports Assessments (FSAs) which give physicians more assurance that their patients are safe to return to sports such as basketball, football, soccer, tennis and hockey.

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