Stretching Safely

Stretching safely
Stretching should be an integral part of any exercise program or sports training program. Stretching can increase an athletes flexibility and range of motion as well as decrease injury risk. Stretching should be done after a 5 to 10 minutes warm up.  Stretching when the body is cold is not beneficial.  Stretching is a slow, gentle progression of muscle elongation. Do not bounce into a stretch.  This can injury the muscle involved. Stretching should not be painfull.  The stretch should be held for 15 to 30 seconds on each side.  Taking slow deep breaths during the stretch is beneficial. Anyone with health conditions or injuries, should talk to a sports medicine physician or doctor before beginning a stretching or exercise program.

Stretching Safely

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