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Lateral Flexion Stretch / Exercise for Basketball Players

What is lateral flexion?

Lateral flexion is a movement at the waist that allows the trunk to bend sideways. The muscles that produce this movement are located in the sides of the abdomen and back.


To help reduce lower back pain or knee pain, it is important to stretch and strengthen the muscles in lateral flexion. Lateral flexion is the movement of the body to the side, away from the midline. The muscles that are used in this movement are the erector spinae and the obliques. To stretch these muscles, stand up straight and then side bend to the left, reaching your left hand down toward your left ankle. Hold this position for 30 seconds, then repeat on the right side. To strengthen these muscles, side plank is an excellent exercise. Start by lying on your right side with your legs straight and your right elbow directly under your shoulder. Use your oblique and erector spinae muscles to lift your hips and upper body off the ground, so that you are resting on your right forearm and the outside of your right foot. Hold this position for 30 seconds, then repeat on the left side.

Spine mobility and lateral flexion

The spine is a flexible column that runs from the base of the skull to the pelvis. It is made up of 33 vertebrae, which are separated by discs. These discs allow the spine to bend and twist.

Lateral flexion is when you bend your spine to the side. This can be done to the left or right. To stretch the muscles on your back, side, and chest, you can do a lateral flexion exercise.

First, locate your lumbar spine. This is the lower part of your back. Then, bend your trunk to one side without moving your head or knee. You should feel a stretch in your muscles. Hold this position for 30 seconds and then repeat on the other side.

Muscles of the Spinal Column

The spinal column is made up of bones (vertebrae) and muscles. The muscles of the spinal column help us to move our head and bend our back. The head is held up by the neck muscles. The neck muscles also help us to move our head from side to side (lateral flexion). The back muscles help us to bend our back and extend it. The thoracic and lumbar spine have joints that allow us to bend and twist.

Motions of the Cervical Spine

There are several types of motions that can occur in the cervical spine. These motions include flexion, extension, hyperextension, lateral flexion, and rotation. Flexion is when the head is brought forward, extension is when the head is brought backwards, hyperextension is when the head is extended too far backwards, lateral flexion is when the head is tilted to the side, and rotation is when the head is turned.

Type of exercises

There are many different types of lateral flexion exercises, and finding the right one for you will depend on your fitness goals and desired results. If you’re looking to improve your overall fitness or lose weight, then a more moderate workout routine with basic lateral flexion exercises may be all you need. However, if you’re aiming to build muscle or improve your athletic performance, then you’ll need to focus on more intense workout routines that target specific muscle groups. The most important thing is to find a technique that works for you and stick with it.