Marathon Recovery Day 2- IT Band and Hip Pain?

As I mentioned yesterday, there are several phases to recovering and rebuilding the body after running a marathon.  I am featuring two activation stretches/exercises that you can do with the foam roller.  They are different than the typical foam roller exercises in that they are focused on the muscles firing properly.  In re-engaging this relationship between the brain, ligaments and muscles, you can help to avoid chronic problems in the the hip and knee.  Certainly if you have already 'trashed' them, you can use these exercises taught by Stephanie Sarelas at Reavy Rehab in the West Loop.

On a side note, these exercises will help any IT and hip flexor issues - both of which are common to martial artists.

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