Soccer is a demanding sport that requires strength, agility, endurance and flexibility. Warming up and stretching appropriately can have a variety of benefits for soccer players no matter what your skill levels. Before you try the following stretches, learn:
The quadriceps (quads) make up a group of muscles along the front of the thigh. These muscles are the powerful muscles used in sprinting and kicking and often prone to fatigue and cramping. Here is a simple stretch you can do while standing
The calf, or gastrocnemius, muscle runs along the back of your lower leg and in constant use while running the soccer field.
This simple stretch, sometimes called the butterfly stretch, is a great stretch for athletes who play field or court sports.
The iliotibial (IT) band is a tough group of fibers that run along the outside of the thigh that stabilizes the joints. It may become irritated from overuse or tightness.
This simple stretch opens the hips as it stretches the muscles of the hips, groin and lower back.
This basic shoulder stretch can help open the chest and loosen tight shoulders before playing soccer.
The hamstrings need to be strong and loose to endure the demands of running and kicking. This stretch can help maintain length in the hamstrings.