– Hey hockey players, Coach Garner here from hockeytraining.com. In this video, I’m gonna run
you through some lower body foam rolling exercises that
are gonna help you feel more fluid while your
skating out in the ice. The first thing we’re gonna do here is foam roll the IT band. The IT band, for those of
you who are unfamiliar, is a band that runs from the
most outer part of the knee and all the way up into the
ball and socket part of hip. You wanna see Kevin here,
he’s completely on his side. Foam rolling this entire band
from knee all the way to hip. We wanna get that entire range
of motion throughout here to break up any kind of
tightness and adhesions that notoriously happen to athletes on this area of their leg. This is important to care
about because as that IT band tightens, it can actually pull the patella and whole knee cap. So up and to the right, which puts us at a greater risk for injury. So let’s break up those adhesions, go back and forth on this,
get out any kind of knot, and feel free to kind of
rock your leg back and forth so you’re getting both the upper and lower portions of your IT band. The next exercise here is
foam rolling the adductors. This one’s real simple. The adductors, just picture like you’re foam rolling your groin. You’re gonna get down,
stomach facing the ground and your one leg is gonna be
propped up on a foam roller as you rock yourself back and forth. If you have a look at Kevin’s foot here, he’s pointing it in different directions so he can get all the different areas of the adductor and break them up. The adductor is involved in
a lot of different movements and is active during a
lot of ranges of motion, skating, and in the gym. So make sure you move that foot around and work out any kind of
kinks that you can feel. The last exercise we’re
gonna be performing is foam rolling the glutes. Now, you can foam roll the glutes, but the progression after this would be to get a lacrosse ball on the glute. Lacrosse ball tends to be
a lot more concentrated and really dig into the adhesions, but it can also be pretty painful. So the best place to start
is with the foam roller. You’re gonna have one
foot propped on the ground and one foot up on the knee, just like you see Kevin doing here. He’s leaning over to one
side to get his body weight on his glute so that the foam
roller has maximum tension while it’s breaking up all
those adhesions that can happen throughout a competitive season of hockey. Thanks for watching our
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