Why stretching is important?
What happen if you don’t stretch?
There are four types of stretches
- Ballistic stretch is a rapid bouncing stretch in which a body part is moving with momentum that stretches the muscles to a maximum. Muscles respond to this type of stretching by contracting to protect itself from over extending.
- Dynamic stretch is a walking or movement stretch. By performing slow controlled movements through full range of motion, a person reduces risk of injury.
- Pnf stretch is a type of stretch for a particular muscle and its specific job, so resistance should be applied, then the muscle should be relaxed.
- Static stretch is a type of stretch whereby a person stretches the muscle until a gentle tension is felt and then holds the stretch for thirty seconds without any movement or bouncing.**
- Improves range of movement in the joints.
- Increase blood circulation.
- Relieve muscle tension.
- Reduce muscle soreness after training due to increased blood flow.
- Helps to relax body and mind.
Golden rule of stretching :
Stretching will improve muscle flexibility.But don’t consider it as a warmup exercise. Stretching cold muscle is prone to injury.So warm up your body before doing stretching.Do static stretching (hold stretch for 30sec).Include stretching into your workout as it helps in muscle recovery and reduce muscle soreness.Performing any exercise will cause the muscle to shorten,stretching them out helps to restore and improve their length.
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** “Principles of Athletic Training” Tenth Edition William E. Prentice. McGraw Hill, 2003. Print.
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