Stretching and Flexibility
Flexibility increases athletic performance and decreases the risk of injury. Formerly, most athletes statically stretched before training or competition. It is now believed that this time-honored practice may do more harm than good. If you want to perform static stretching it should be done after a workout or at least 2 hours before training or competition. It is best to perform dynamic stretching in preparation for activity.
References on Stretching
- An excellent source for dynamic stretching information is Mark Kovacs book, Dynamic Stretching: The Revolutionary New Warm-up Method to Improve Power, Performance and Range of Motion >
- My favorite book on static stretching is Bob Anderson's Stretching . It is a great non-technical guide to stretching.
- I also like Facilitated Stretching by Robert E. McAtee . It is an excellent reference on PNF (proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation) stretching.
- Here is a link to a great technical reference on stretching: Stretching and Flexibility, Everything You Never Wanted To Know by Brad Appleton (PDF file) >
Yoga is also a great way to increase flexibility, balance, and general body awareness. Here are some useful links:
My Stretching Routine
Click here to see a diagram of my stretching routine: Bob's Stretching Routine