Groin Stretches – the “Why” and the “How”

Author: Shannon Miller

Open Butterfly Stretch

You’ve probably heard time and again why stretching is important and how to do various stretches for different body parts.

Today we’re going to focus specifically on why groin stretches are important and how you can get right to doing some different kinds of groin stretches!

Groin stretches can come in handy for many different types of physical activity, whether it be:

  • Running
  • Baseball
  • Soccer
  • Martial arts
  • Yoga
  • Running after small children!

A groin strain can occur when the muscles of the inner thigh are stretched outside of their comfort zone!  Doing groin stretches on a regular basis, though, may help to prevent such mishaps.  Check out some of these stretches below…


Runner’s Stretch on FloorRunner's Stretch on Floor

  1. Sit on the floor with your right leg straight in front of you and your left leg bent.
  2. The sole of your left foot will be touching your right inner thigh.
  3. Keep your back straight and lean forward from your hips until you feel the stretch.
  4. Hold 15-30 seconds.  Repeat on opposite side.


Butterfly Stretch Butterfly Stretch

  1. Sit on the floor.
  2. Move your feet so that the soles are facing each other.
  3. Keep hold of your feet and gently lean forward from your hips until you feel the stretch.
  4. Hold 15-30 seconds.


Open ButterflyOpen Butterfly

  1. Lie on your back with the soles of your feet touching each other.
  2. Slowly allow your knees to drop toward the floor.
  3. Hold 15-30 seconds.


TIP:  Now that you know why and how you should do groin stretches, take the time to do some this week!

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