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More about Stretching
Stretching Exercises
There are four main reasons for stretching

To improve flexibility

To aid mobility for a session about to be undertaken

To help in the prevention of injuries

To speed rehabilitation of the body after injury

When and Why should I stretch?

Stretching can be performed as a session on its own in order to improve mobility. This is an aspect of training which is often neglected by athletes. Good mobility can help prevent injury.

More commonly it will precede training sessions with the aim being to prepare the muscles for activity and reduce the risk of prevent injury. Increasingly, athletes are finding benefit in stretching post-training as this returns muscles to their original state, removing "knots" and tightness formed through hard exercise.

Stretching Badly Stretched Tom
Ill or Injured?

Stand alone stretching sessions can be particularly useful in easier periods of training and when training is restricted by injury or illness, since it gives a sense of achievement on a purposeful activity whilst expending very little energy.

Important Note

You should never force a stretch. Go to the point of tension and hold for the required amount of time. For safety ensure yours knees and feets pointing in the same direction and avoid “locking” either your elbows or knees straight.
Correct Stretching Tricep Stretch

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