Global Active Stretching

Global Active Stretching (Stretching Global Actif – SGA®) is an original method of stretching that differs from conventional forms of stretching in that it takes into account the 5 principles of “Global Postural Re-education” (Ph. SOUCHARD), namely:

 

–  Globality,

–  Breathing,

–  Stretching muscles in the 3 planes of space,

–  Correction of compensations,

–  Contracting muscles in their eccentric position.

 

It is an original and effective method that can be used by anyone who wishes to improve their flexibility so that they can enjoy a more comfortable life, and especially athletes – both amateur and professional – who want to improve their performance and prevent repetitive injuries.

Which is why it is used in high-performance sport.

SGA® courses

There’s nothing like a weekly session of SGA to keep fit!

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SGA® courses

You don’t need to have been trained in RPG® to sign up for SGA® training. SGA® courses are open to physiotherapists, sports coaches, sports trainers, physical education instructors …

After 3 days of training, you will be able to run an SGA® stretching session for anyone who wants to maintain and improve their flexibility and, in so doing, enhance their quality of life. You will be able to propose specific stretches for athletes of all levels – including high-performance athletes – to improve their performance and prevent repetitive injuries.

Asbl RPG Belgique organises 2 course sessions a year. Dates for the next set of courses can be found on the “SGA” page.

SGA® training course programme
Day 1

Morning

 

Introduction

 

Theory

  • Differences between static and dynamic muscles.
  • Explanation of different body types.

 

Practice

  • Observation of ant. and post. types.
  • Observation of the 6 zones
  • Self-supervised breathing posture in groups of two
  • Retraction test

 

Afternoon

  • Explanation of postures used in SGA®
  • How to work on a posture in a group session.
  • Introduction to the first ant. chain stretching posture on the floor with arms at the side.
  • Explanation of the role of the pelvis on the position of the spine.
  • Differential testing for retraction in lower limb muscles.
  • chain stretching posture on the floor with arms at the side.
Day 2

Morning

 

Theory

  • Explanation of the 5 principles that set SGA® apart from analytical stretching.

 

Practice

  • Posterior chain stretching posture in a sitting position.

 

Afternoon

  • Observing and identifying retractions in the upper limbs.
  • Posture options for the upper limbs.
  • Postures for upper limbs (closing and opening).
  • Forward bending posture (differences between gemelli, soleus, hamstrings, glutes).
Day 3

Morning

 

Theory

  • Advantages and disadvantages of sports
  • Understanding and analysing movement in different sport disciplines (tennis, football, running, etc.).
  • Benefits of SGA® for repetitive movements in the workplace.

 

Practice

  • Standing with back against a wall.
  • Posture with asymmetry of lower limbs.

 

Afternoon

  • Revision and Q&A session
  • Trainee-led sessions
  • SGA and high-performance sport.
  • How to deal with a high-performance athlete who is accustomed to intensive weight training.
  • Detailed analysis of an athlete’s physique.
  • Analysis of a muscular system subjected to overwork during a sporting activity.
  • Explanation of the 3 tables
  • SGA® and the world of work
  • Analysis of muscle groups that stiffen due to the position maintained during work, or muscles that are overused during repetitive work-related movements.