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Why should I do the iliotibial-band stretch exercise?

The IT band stretch is great, especially if you’re runner. The IT band runs from the top of the thigh, and crosses the knee to attach on the inside of the lower leg. Often, the IT band becomes tight from running OR walking. Not addressed, this leads to altered movement, which can later lead to pain, discomfort, or even injury.
Rick Olderman
Physical Therapy

The iliotibial band (ITB) stretch exercise helps stretch the ITB and possibly the tensor fascia lata (TFL) and rectus femoris muscles if they're tight too. The ITB can also be stretched performing a TFL & Quadriceps Stretch.

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