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Why Should We Stretch? 

There are many benefits to stretching which include increased flexibility, improved posture, injury prevention, and increased circulation to muscles which leads to improved nourishment and waste removal from muscles. 

Types of Stretches

  • Static Stretching

    • It is when you hold a position in which your muscle is maximally extended within a comfortable range without movement.

    • This should not be painful, but rather slightly uncomfortable

  • Dynamic Stretching 

    • Performed throughout the fullest range of motion.

    • It can be broken down into two categories: ballistic dynamic stretching and active dynamic stretching.

      • Ballistic Dynamic Stretching

        • Is known as bounce stretching​

        • Stretching in uncontrolled, uncoordinated movements, usually involving momentum and bouncing.

      • Active Dynamic Stretching

        • Allows  movement through the full range of motion with controlled action. ​

        • Is considered better for preventing injuries to muscles and surrounding joint tissues.​

  • Active Stretching

    • Refers to any time an opposing muscle group contracts to increase the stretch.

      • For example, to stretch the hamstring, you may straighten your leg with the quadriceps to release tension in the hamstring and allow for stretch.​

  • Passive Stretching

    • Refers to any time an outside force is applied to muscles to change range of motion.​

    • You allow the weight of your body and gravity to increase the stretch of the muscles.

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