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Old 02-11-2010, 09:21 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys...i was just wondering what kind of stretches (if any) you do before going out snowboarding... i stretch (my legs mostly), but i always end up getting cramps in my calf area anyway...and i just stretch some more and it temporarily helps. so what do you do?
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Old 02-11-2010, 10:26 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Drink more water!? lol idk..

I usually just stretch my legs.. like touch my palms to the ground, stand on one leg pull up the other.. run in place to get warm.
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Old 02-11-2010, 10:31 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I do dynamic stretching and stay away from static stretches. This typically involves walking further from the parking lot or taking a warm up run. Jumping up and down and doing body squats. I also make sure to stock up my body fluids to make sure I don't cramp up due to de-hydration.

Tip for while you are snowboarding: start experimenting with which muscles you can relax while riding will help out a great deal too.

2 Tips for equipment: make sure hi-backs are not angled to far forward as this can cause calf pain. Look into custom footbeds.
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Old 02-11-2010, 11:03 AM   #4 (permalink)
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The best PLACE to stretch is in the lift line, waiting for 1st chair.
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two kids and a pitbull puppy to deal with each morning .. by time I get to the hill im limbered up
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Old 02-11-2010, 11:11 AM   #6 (permalink)
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get into motion before hand, walking/some jumping jax/squat a few times, get the blood pumping and joints moving, by moving i dont mean pass it to the left .... one thing i find very helpful is mid-day stretching, before is great, but stretching a worked muscle is even better, when the muscle just got worked then you stretch, it feels more rewarding
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Old 02-11-2010, 01:00 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by sepdxsnwbrdr View Post
The best PLACE to stretch is in the lift line, waiting for 1st chair.
We don't have lift lines...
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It sounds more like your dehydrated than anything. Drink more water up to a couple days before. It helps.
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Here are some links to some basic yoga stretches (well maybe not the tree pose, but that is great for improving balance). These simple stretches stretch various parts of the body simultaneously. When doing these stretches, it is important to breathe deeply in and out from your core and the movements must be very slow and deliberate and don't push yourself too far beyond your body's flexibility (your body will tell you). When you're done, be sure to "shake it out". Namaskar
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Old 02-11-2010, 06:57 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Stretching directly before boarding won't prevent cramps nor sore muscles. Stay hydrated, know your limits, and stretch daily.
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