Stretching is one of the most important aspects of getting ready for any form of physical activity. The benefits of stretching hold true for members of the general public as well as for the skilled and motivated athletes that we see every day here at CORE1inc.
If you have ever looked at a fitness DVD or book aimed at the general public, you will notice that one of the first things that is said is that you have to stretch in order to maintain safety. There are many athletes who believe their high level of conditioning means this does not apply to them.
The truth, however, is that anyone and everyone can benefit from stretching no matter what game you play or what your general level of conditioning is. Stretching is a way of activating and priming the fast twitch muscle fibers and strengthening our connective tissue.
What are the benefits of stretching?
There are many different benefits of stretching and they are all very important for athletes. Here is a brief overview of what you can expect from your body when you stretch properly.
Stretching correctly makes your entire body more limber and allows you to move more quickly from the very beginning of your training regimen. In other words, it helps you to warm up even before you have done anything else.
Stretching is also critical in making sure that your whole body is limber and lubricated before you begin your training in earnest. This means that one of the most critical things it does for you is help you to avoid and prevent injury.
Many athletic injuries are caused by sudden and unexpected movements that catch your body off guard by “jerking” them in a physiologically unsound way. One of the most important ways to avoid this kind of movement is through stretching.
A good stretching exercise should not be too intense, but should put you through the range of movement that you would be in when you are in the game. In other words, stretching is similar to functional exercise in that it should target the body structures you use.
Of course, when you are at the peak of your game as a Chicago athlete, you use every part of your body to support your efforts.
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Jim and The CORE1 Crew.