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3 Types OF Stretching

Ballistic Stretches involve bouncing or jerking. Similar to dynamic stretching in that it involves movement. Instead of moving a body part to the end of its range of motion, however, you attempt to go beyond this range. Useful for experienced athletes not recommended for beginners.

Static Stretches is most often what comes to mind when people think of stretching. The emphasis is to focus on single muscle group. It involve flexing the muscles. This involves stretching a muscle near its furthest point and then holding that position for at least 15 or 20 seconds.

Dynamic Stretches are active movements where joints and muscles go through a full range of motion.

How many times as a coach do we hear this! The simple answer is that warm-up is essential to limiting your chances of injury. How? By increasing the core body temperature- which reduces the chance for muscle and tendon injuries. But there is more to it than that... much more.

  • Warming up helps the body to deliver oxygen to the exercising muscle groups.

  • A proper warm-up increases blood flow. A greater level of blood reaching the muscles involved in the activity actually aids in the delivery of the important fuels (e.g. glucose and free fatty acids). Fuels required for energy production.

  • Warming up improves the suppleness of the muscle, thereby enhancing the mechanical efficiency and power of the muscles.

  • Warming up helps ensure that the cardiovascular system(heart & blood vessels) is given time to adjust to the body's increased demands for blood and oxygen.

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