Stretching & Flexibility/Can you help?


I am an overweight (working on it) 55 year old rec hockey player. I am not too bad either, but I have one issue to overcome. I am hoping you can show me some stretches or exercises to help. When I come to a stop after retrieving, it is hard to get going again. I know my weight is a factor, but what can I do to help me go from a stpped position, usually wide leg, back to motion again?

Hi Barry,

Thanks for your inquiry. It's a pleasure to help and I hope the following is beneficial.

I can certainly offer you some help with the stretching exercises, but you would probably benefit from talking to one of the "Track & Field" experts as well...

As for the stretching exercises that will be most beneficial for you; I recommend that you work on the muscle groups around your hips and core (hips, groin, buttocks, hamstrings, lower back, etc.) You can find many different stretches that you can do for these muscle groups at our free stretching videos page here...

Also, I recently wrote an article titled: 4 tips for improving your flexibility when you think you can't improve your flexibility. You can read the article at the following link...

The article covers things like: warming up; when to stretch; variety; types of stretching, etc. (And BTW, one of the best times to stretch is just before going to bed.)

I hope the above has been helpful. For more information on stretching, flexibility and sports injury management, visit Injury Fix.

Brad Walker
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Brad Walker (The Stretch Coach)


I'm more than happy to answer any questions relating to stretching, flexibility and sports injury management. Including how to use stretching to improve your athletic performance, prevent sports injury and aid in the recovery of sports injury.


I'm an internationally recognized stretching and sports injury consultant with more than 20 years of practical experience in the health and fitness industry. I'm also the founder of the Stretching Institute and

Sports Medicine Australia

I've written 5 books on stretching, flexibility and sports injury, including... The Stretching Handbook (ISBN: 978-0958109338), The Anatomy of Stretching (ISBN: 978-1556435966) and The Anatomy of Sports Injuries (ISBN: 978-1556436666). Plus, I've had numerous articles published at, and

I'm a health science graduate of the University of New England, with post graduate accreditation's in athletics, swimming and triathlon coaching. I've worked with elite level and world champion athletes and I've lectured for Sports Medicine Australia on sports injury prevention and treatment.

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I've worked as assistant coach to Miles Stewart (World Champion Triathlete) and Mick Doohan (World 500cc Motorcycle Champion). Plus I've worked with countless other athletes from sports as diverse as roller-skating, squash, and cycling.

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