To be explosive, move well, feel good AND have a great vertical, an athlete should have good hip mobility.
Many athletes, especially basketball players, have tight hips. Tight hip flexors present a disadvantage for athletes. Tight hips can hinder an athlete’s use of his or her glutes. The glutes are one of the most important muscles for running fast and jumping high. In addition, tight hip flexors can prevent an athlete from being able to explode into triple extension. Triple extension is what occurs when an athlete sprints or throws down an energetic dunk.
We have become a society that sits around all day—in school, at work, in front of the computer and watching TV. Because of this, the hip flexors have a tendency to become contracted and tight, almost pulling us into an anterior (forward) pelvic tilt.
Add these two simple hip stretches to your workout routine and gain the benefits of moving better, feeling better, running faster and jumping higher!