The stretch for today focuses on the lateral upper leg, and most directly the Iliotibial Band (ITB). It is reasonably common for novice runners to develop immense pain just above their lateral knee that can stop them from running (or even walking in some cases) until it settles down. The pain I talk about is commonly referred to as ITB Syndrome, and develops as the ITB tightens through the repetitive action of running. Incorporating this stretch into your training program can help you avoid this debilitating pain.
Don't ever under estimate the importance of stretching and the benefits it holds.
This stretch is beneficial to anyone recovering from Trochanteric Bursitis and/or Iliotibial Band Syndrome (ITBS).
Always remember that while stretching may be recommended to aid recovery out of injury, you should always be very careful when stretching through rehabilitation. Your soft tissues are likely to be more vulnerable to re-injury if you stretch too much or too hard during this time. Always check with your Health Care Professional who is guiding you through your recovery to make sure it is appropriate to start stretching, and please -ALWAYS FOLLOW THE RULES FOR SAFE STRETCHING (The first posting on this stretching blog).
Image taken from "Lower Body Stretches" wall chart by B. Walker.