For years, common practice for skiers was to stretch before they ski and simply pack their gear and head home afterward. Today’s more progressive athletes have abandoned pre-ski stretching for a dynamic warm-up and postponed their static stretching routines until after their sets. In this water ski how to, follow professional trainer Jennifer LaBaw’s stretch routine to aid in your post-performance recovery.
Following your final set of the day, perform these stretches in succession. Hold each position for 30 to 60 seconds, increasing your range of motion through the stretch duration. Perform each stretch on both sides.
1. Hamstrings (back of thigh)
Lying flat on your back, lift one leg, placing a ski handle around the ball of your foot. Keeping your leg straight, pull the handle toward your chest until you feel a stretch in your hamstring.