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Use SMR To Help Prevent Hip Injury

When soccer athletes sustain hip injuries, they can result from a lack of flexibility in their hips that usually occur because they do not spend any time on stretching and recovery. Help yourself prevent hip injury by incorporating SMR in your recovery routine.

SMR is an acronym for self-myofascial release. It is a form of self treatment that is used to stretch your muscles and release any tissue restrictions that may have resulted from overuse or injury. The technique is performed by rolling the more tender spots of your muscles on a foam roller or tennis ball. The objective is to apply slight pressure on those tender spots until you feel some form of relief. In the beginning of this self treatment, you will likely experience some level of discomfort. Minimal discomfort can be tolerated but any increase in pain means that you should stop or use a roller that is softer and more tolerable to your body.

For soccer players, it is absolutely critical to use SMR, particularly for your glutes as these muscles are involved in all aspects of your sport. See the images below to see a sample technique of using SMR for your glutes. In order for this technique to be effective, you need to perform it consistently in order to keep up with your soccer training. But always keep in mind that you should always seek proper medical care for any medical concerns you may have.

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