Supine Leg Extension with Abdominal Stabilization

by Anthony Carey, MA

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The supine leg extensions with abdominal stabilization is a great exercise to help your client understand the pelvic stabilization that's required to protect your lower back. Begin on the floor with the help of gravity and then take your left knee and flex it a little bit past 90 degrees until you can really feel that your low back is flat. You'll have a good abdominal contraction now that your low back is touching the floor. Then gently and slowly extend the leg, keeping the shin parallel to the floor. As you do this, the torque on the hip flexors increases, which tends to make the abdominals relax and the pelvis to rotate forward, arching the back. You will need to make sure that you are stabilizing the low back flat on the floor. Bend the knee, bring it back, and repeat. The threshold will be how far can you go without the back arching. If you cannot go all the way to the floor, that's fine. You only go that far, bring it back, and stay within that threshold.

About the Presenter

Anthony Carey, MA

Anthony Carey, MA IDEA Author/Presenter

Anthony Carey, MA, owns Function First in San Diego, California. He holds a master?s degree in biomechanics and athletic training, and is an internationally-recognized speaker on biomechanics, posture, motor control and musculoskeletal pain and function. As a best-selling author, his work has been featured in the New York Times and Time Magazine. Anthony is also the inventor of the Core-Tex.