Stretch Those Necks Snowboarders!
So often we talk about the importance of making sure we stretch our leg muscles and warm up our core before and after we hit the slopes. But, here’s something boarders need to remember! Whether you ride goofy (right leg forward) or regular (left leg forward), you are always looking over one shoulder or the other. Skiers don’t have this issue as they are forward facing when going down the hill.
So don’t forget to stretch your necks!!
I’ve included 2 great stretches to add to your warm up and cool down. If you add these into your stretching routine, you will be sure to minimize sore neck and shoulder muscles the day after you have boarded.
Levator Scapulae Stretch: Hold for 60 seconds and repeat on the other side. When coming out of the stretch bring your chin to your chest, give a minor rock back and forth and then look up. This will prevent the muscle from seizing on you.
The same stretch looking from the back:
Lateral (side) Neck Stretch: Hold for 60 seconds and repeat on the other side.
Have fun on the hill!
Dr. Crysta Serné
Vancouver Chiropractor, owner of Vitality Clinic, and avid boarder ?
Treatment and Prevention for Skiing and Snowboarding