Injury Prevention Tips
Dynamic warm ups and static stretching are both part of injury prevention before and after activity.
A dynamic warm up before activity uses stretches that are “dynamic,” meaning you are moving as you stretch. Dynamic stretching is ideal as the core of a warm-up routine for several reasons. It activates muscles you will use during your workout and improves range of motion. Dynamic stretching also improves body awareness. Moving as you stretch challenges your balance and coordination; skills that could help your performance. Warming up in motion enhances muscular performance and power. Studies reveal dynamic stretching before a workout can help you lift more weight and increase overall athletic performance compared to no stretching or static stretching. If you are trying to get stronger, build more muscle, or simply perform better, a dynamic warm-up routine is important.
Static stretching is used to stretch muscles while the body is at rest and is best performed after activity. Static stretching exercises involve specialized tension receptors in our muscles. When done properly, static stretching slightly lessens the sensitivity of tension receptors, which allows the muscle to relax and to be stretched to greater length. Stretching helps keep you flexible and counteracts the repetitive movements of exercise. When performed correctly and at the right time, static stretches help you lengthen tight muscles and improve your balance and overall fitness. A good stretch session also helps relieve stress and tension.