When & How Should I be Stretching?

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Written by: Sasha Guay, Registered Physiotherapist, MSc(PT)

 

Do you remember standing in a circle before a game counting as a team to 10 as you stretched various muscles? Turns out, as fun as that may be, it may not be the best way to prepare our body for activity and here’s why.

Check out our post from May 5th for warm up ideas. These are variety of DYNAMIC stretches.

STATIC stretches however, are to be done AFTER activity. Never before. Some research is showing that this type of stretching is great at elongating the muscle, however this effect can last for several hours, which reduces the muscles ability to quickly contract and produce power. This therefore reduces our strength and can potentially increase our chance of injury.

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