Why not Just Stretch? Why Use a Slant Board?
Ever noticed athletes raving about the latest mechanisms to help you stretch and wondered why not just stretch on your own? There's actually a science to some of these products that give benefits that stretching with your own body cannot. We want to highlight how the incline slant board benefits your body in ways that normal stretching or even lying against a curb cannot. The slant board is a hard board set on an incline that can adjust to five different degrees of position. It has non-slip grooves and a heel backing for safety.
Common injuries from people just beginning to advanced level in strength training, soccer, running, cycling, hiking, basketball, football, baseball, softball and just about every sport include injuries of the lower body, such as plantar fasciitis, shin splints, pulled hamstring, achilles tendonitis, patellar tendonitis, and hip pain. The slant board not only treats all of those conditions, but it prevents them. When stretching on your own, you are limited to how deep you can stretch. The different angles of the incline slant board, however, allow you to increase or decrease your level of stretch based on your individual needs.
We have two calf muscles, the Gastrocnemius and the Soleus muscle. The Achilles tendon attaches both of these muscles at the heel of our foot. Although it is the strongest tendon in the body, the Achilles tendon is also the most injury prone. We need the Achilles tendon to run, jump, walk, and stand on our toes. At the top of our legs, the patellar tendon connects our quadriceps (thigh muscle) to the patella (knee cap) and then the tibia (shin bone). Repetitive impact from exercises such as running most often cause injury to these tendons. If either become affected by injury, then the whole leg becomes affected all the way up to the hip. The Inclined Slant Board counters these injuries by removing stress off of the tendons and placing it on the larger, stronger muscles instead. On an incline, the board relieves pressure off of the tendon, and places pressure on the calf muscles, which you feel as a stretch. The higher the angle of the slant board, the higher up your leg you stretch.
A study published in the Journal of Physical Therapy found that patients who had suffered a stroke experienced greater comfort in walking velocity after repeatedly using the slant board. This shows how useful the Inclined Slant Board can be for people even outside of the athletic sphere. The real question is why wait for one of these inevitable injuries to occur? You hear so many stories of successful athletes who were on their way to amazing careers and met their downfall due to injury. Start keeping your legs loose now, and your body will thank you later.